Jonathan Stallsmith, known in hockey locker rooms across the country as "Stally," has a history of raising championships. In high school, he was a starting defenseman on two championship teams as a Hanover High Marauder, 2003 and 2005.
Tired of the snow covering the ponds, Stally left the Upper Valley for an area where it didn't snow. Not so coincidentally, while his new found home in Los Angeles had no snow, it also didn't have any frozen ponds. However, that didn't mean there wasn't any ice!
As a Trojan at the University of Southern California, Stally played four years for SC, which competed in the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Stally quickly brought his winning ways to the Trojans, helping a last place team turn into two-time Pac-8 Conference Champions during his freshman and sophomore years. He also led the Trojans to four consecutive Crosstown Cups (pictured above) against a hated rival (ucla) that didn't deserve to be referred to as "Bruins" and instead were usually just called Westwood High.
While at USC, Stally studied Communication with a focus in Sports Journalism. That interest landed him in the Bay Area of California during the 2010 NFL season where he worked as full-time intern with the San Francisco 49ers. After his tenure, he returned to the Granite State, where he picked up a passion in auto racing by coordinating digital media for the NH Motor Speedway.
He joined the Whalers in December 2009 as an undrafted free agent. While many might speculate that he chose a 1-8-1 team (at the time of his arrival) because his arms are tired of raising trophies, in truth, he knew that his stickhandling deficiencies, third-gear speed, and invisibility on the scoresheet would be overlooked for his strong presence in the defensive zone. A trait which has helped him succeed at levels far past where his talent otherwise would have dictated, and, which the team captain is sure to appreciate.
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