The Florida Panthers have traded JF Jacques to Tampa Bay in return for future considerations.

Jacques was drafted in the second round, 68th overall by the Oilers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to his professional career, he played for four seasons with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He made his professional debut with the Edmonton Road Runners of the American Hockey League in 2004–05, appearing in six games as a late-season call-up.Following Oilers training camp for the 2005–06 season, Jacques was assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. where he played the first half of the season. He was recalled to the Oilers to replace injured forward Ethan Moreau, making his NHL debut on February 2, 2006 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jacques broke through and began the 2009–10 season with a regular spot on the Oilers’ checking line. On November 3, 2010, the Oilers assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons for conditioning. On September 24, 2011, Jacques was suspended for the remainder of the pre-season and the first five games of the regular season while playing for the Anaheim Ducks due to leaving the bench to initiate a fight with Mike Duco of the Vancouver Canucks. He would only play 6 games with the Ducks before getting sent down to the AHL, where he would play 65 games with Syracuse. On July 5th 2012, Jacques signed a one-year, two way deal with the Panthers, but would never play for them.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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