MARLBORO, MA - Junior Bruins forward Jack Eichel, considered one of the top ’96 born players in the country, made his college choice and he will be suiting up for coach Jack Parker and the Boston University Terriers in the fall of 2014.
Eichel, who has been wearing a Bruins jersey since he was 8/9 years old, was as highly a sought after recruit at his age group in the country. Eichel, a captain for the B’s (Empire) team this past season, where he was among
league leaders in goals, assists and points had a breakout season and put himself on the map with his play of the last two seasons with the B’s and at USA Hockey Festivals.
Eichel was one of only nine forwards selected to play for Team USA at the 2012 Youth Winter Olympics this past January. He was also an early offer to play for the National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, where he will play for the next two seasons.
In his first full season with the black and gold, during the 2010-2011 season, despite being the youngest player in the league (he is a young ’96 with his October birth date) he was a key player for the team during their national championship run. His biggest goal of the season came in overtime in the national semi final game when he finished a highlight reel goal.
While always an elite player for his age group he took off over the last 18-20 months distancing himself from other top players at his age group. “Jack’s talent is obvious, but what gets lost is how committed and dedicated he is to being the best player he can,” coach Chris Masters commented. “He worked harder, spent more time in his basement shooting pucks, skating as much as he could, working hard off ice to develop his skills. It is not an accident that he is as good as he is, he worked at it and wanted it more than most players we see.”
This past season he put up impressive numbers in league play (39 goals-47 assists-86 points in just 36 games) along with being the youngest team captain in team history.
“As impressive as Jack is on ice, his leadership and the person he is off ice is as impressive. He cares about winning first, his teammates second and himself last. That is something we don’t see enough of and it is another attribute he has that distinguishes him from his peers,” Masters continued.
Eichel was an early offer from the US National Development Team Program and will be heading to Ann Arbor this coming season to pay for his country. Eichel joins B’s alums Adam Pineault, Jason Lawrence, Joey Lavin, Mike Cichy, John Henrion and Billy Arnold in playing for the NTDP (along with dozens of others from the BJB AAA team program).
Eichel was selected in the 1st round of the QMJHL draft despite his plans to go to BU. It is rare for a QMJHL team to, potentially, waste a valuable #1 pick on a player that is going the college route so it speaks to the talent level of Eichel and that he is worth the risk.
to Jack and his family!