Based out of the Spartan Death Pit in Severn Township, ON
GM Jake apprenticed under legendary Scout Valley Bulldog Owner Bob Sr., operating as “Little Quinn”. This playful moniker was meant to mock the relative inactivity of that franchise, and in no way has ever accurately described GM Jake’s unleashed approach to the BBY. Past yearbooks predicted “expect an active trader and a team that won’t be happy at the bottom for long.” In reality, GM Jake played himself happily to the bottom for 2 full seasons. His team ripened fast and he’s been a dangerous contender ever since. Unlike so many BBY GMs, GM Jake sacrifices players to go for it on a steady basis. He trades guys he likes for guys that are scoring more, even if the hot player is too old, too unreliable, or just plain unlikeable. The Spartans is engraved on the championship trophy more than most teams in the BBY.
The BBY expansion of 2007 saw GM Jake get promoted from “assistant GM” status to a real GM with his own team: The Spartans. Rumours that fans were lobbying for “The Pinocchio’s” (You’re a real boy now!) persist to this day. He chose the manly name of Spartans due to the popular film of the day that he recognized a kindred spirit in: King Leonidas of Sparta.
The original Spartan imagery was a somewhat generic Conan the Barbarian with an axe picture (similar to what is pictured here). GM Jake contends that this logo never should have made it to public release as other versions that were more Spartanish had been created and were supposed to be used. The public only saw Conan.
King Leonidas (long-time staff member) was honoured as the official logo for one season.
Iconic Spartan war helmet logo is simple and to the point.
|2008||Andy McDonald/Dustin Brown||52|
|2013 (lockout)||Steven Stamkos||57|
|2013 (lockout)||Steven Stamkos||57|
|King Leonidas||Trainer, Coach, unassigned?, Coach||2009, 2010-2012, 2013-present|
|Scarjo (Scarlett Johannsen)||Coach, undefined role?, Coach||2009-2010, 2012-2013|
|Teemu Selanne||Head Coach||2014|
|Kat Dennings||Assistant Coach, Water Girl, Comedian, everything else||2014|
GM Jake hired King Leonidas and Scarlett Johannsen early on, however the official records only show their roles as of 2009. This is further complicated by the fact they have flip-flopped as the Coach. Scarlett was fired early in the 2013 season and was immediately scooped up by GM Dustin of the Elite. Teemu Selanne enjoyed a solid run to end his career a Spartan. GM Jake hired him on before the retirement announcement was even official, downgrading Leonidas to assistant coach but re-instating him as Head Trainer. Possibly the most convoluted staff history for someone who has only used 4.
The Arch Enemy
GM Jake is ultra competitive. He is frustrated by sleepy GMs “Who have aging assets that are doing nothing for them. They should cash them out!”. He particularly dislikes GM Wayne, who seems to have a knack for getting that sleepy GM to do their “one trade this 6 month period” even if it is a player that GM Jake has been asking for a crack at acquiring for 2-3 years.
On a head-to-head basis, there is no one GM Jake likes beating more than GM Wayne. He also seems to relish being ahead of GM Dunlop of the Steel Belted Radials the past couple of seasons though. GM Dustin was clearly attempting to rile him by immediately hiring the dismissed Spartan Coach Scarlett Johannsen, but it remains to see if GM Jake will rise to that bait.
|Draft Year||1st selection and position taken (if known)|
|2007||Kyle Turris (3rd)|
|2008||Steven Stamkos (1st)|
|2009||John Tavares (1st)|
|2010||Alex Burmistrov (5th)|
|2011||Jaromir Jagr (20th)|
|2012||Mathieu Perrault (37th)|
|2013||Max Domi (11th)|