Jake Lainesse is from Fenton, MI and played in the Flint Youth Hockey Associationå where he played the majority of his youth hockey. He played for both the Flint Icelanders and Flint Phantoms where in his last year of youth hockey, won the Michigan state championship.
After youth hockey, Jake played three years of junior hockey, spending one season with the Flint Jr. Generals where the team placed second in the league and participated in the Tier 3 Nationals and another with the Nashville Jr. Predators (NA3HL) where he served as a captain, was named to the NA3HL top prospects team, and won a regular season championship. Jake ended his junior career playing for the Hampton Roads Whalers (USPHL Elite) and was named captain, winning the regular season and playoff championships.
After his junior career, Jake committed and played at Stevenson University. After one season he had to retire from playing due to medical reasons and transferred to Michigan State University and began pursuing officiating. Jake graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a minor in coaching.
After graduation Jake began working as a strength and conditioning coach for all levels of hockey in Grand Rapids, MI varying from Tier 1 and Tier 2 youth, high school, and men’s & women’s college club teams for 2 years. Jake has also officiated at many junior levels along with 2 Division I NCAA conferences, the Atlantic Hockey Conference and the CCHA. He also was chosen to officiate the 2021-22 Southern Professional Hockey League championship series.
Jake will primarily be at the Hudson campus and occasionally at the Blaine campus. He is looking forward to getting on the ice and working with everyone and trying to help every player move on to the level that they are working toward.