A Sit-Down Interview
An Edge Student since grade 10, Jacob is ranked 33rd by International Scouting Services.
What is your most vivid first hockey memory?
Skating on the backyard rink that my dad made when I was four.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Don’t shove beans up your nose” that’s what my grandpa always says.
What is your favourite sports outside of hockey?
Golf, I played the ‘school sports’ when I was in junior high – track, badminton those type of sports and focused on hockey when I got to high school.
Do you follow other sports outside of hockey?
Not a ton, I follow basketball a bit, mostly in the playoffs.
Who do you pattern your game off of?
Morgan Rielly; I think his skating and his ability to maneuver set him above others. He’s is also responsible in both ends of the rink.
What does your pre-game routine look like?
I’m not a superstitious guy; I don’t really believe in that stuff too much. I do go through the same routine, but I’m not one of the guys that eats the same thing every game day. I eat whatever is on the table as long is it is good and healthy and go from there.
What is on your iPod?
How do you balance school and hockey?
I think you have to manage your time as best as you can. It’s not an easy task. In Junior when you are on the ice every day and trying to focus on the upcoming game it’s especially tough. It’s similar to Edge when you aren’t on a road trip, you are training every day. The difference is the teachers know our travel schedule and are accommodating.
Talk about your support system:
I’ve been really lucky to have a lot of people that have helped me get to where I am. Obviously my coaches at Edge as well as in Okotoks did a phenomenal job of helping me get to the next level. My parents would be another big one, they’ve supported me ever since I was young and I’m really thankful for those people.
How was your experience playing at Edge?
It was a lot of fun. Obviously I wanted to play more [Jacob tore the meniscus in his knee and missed a large portion of the season] but I ended up getting back for the last two weeks and playoffs. We were able to make it to the finals. We came up a goal short, but it was a lot of fun.
Do you have a favourite memory at Edge?
It would have to be the Finals of the Denver tournament.
What was the biggest challenge transitioning from Elite 15’s to the AJHL?
Everyone’s strength, you don’t realize until you are in the corners how much harder it is. You have to be that much stronger on your skates and have better puck protection. The other thing would be your shot, the skating wasn’t that different, but everyone’s shot at that level was a lot better.
What about the travel schedule? Did the CSSHL help you prepare at all in that aspect?
Yes, I think for sure. Especially since you are trying to manage school and hockey at the same time.
How do you deal with the pressure and expectations of the upcoming NHL draft?
You try to be yourself as much as you can. It’s always going to be on your mind – it’s hard for it not to be – just try to be yourself and enjoy the process. This year was special, being able to represent Canada at the World Jr. A Challenge was a once in a lifetime experience; high pressure but a huge honour to wear the Maple Leaf and it definitely helped me, just learning a lot from the skilled players there.
Have you spoken to Jake Bean or Jaret Anderson-Dolan about what to expect at the NHL Combine?
I talked to JAD a bit in the gym. He said just go in there and be yourself and it’s not a bad as you might work it up to be; just try to enjoy it is the biggest thing.