Jr. Gulls alum Jacobs uses NAHL as springboard to NCAA hockey, commits to Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Peter Jacobs was born in Michigan, moved to the San Diego area and then billeted in Colorado during the last few years of his youth hockey career.
The past two seasons, Jacobs has skated for the NAHL’s Austin (Minn.) Bruins and will head off again this fall after recently committing to NCAA Division III University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Jacobs, a 2000 birth year forward, spent two seasons in Austin after being picked up from the Colorado Rampage, where he played for three seasons. While playing for the Bruins, the native of Carlsbad racked up 22 goals and 31 assists for 53 points in 107 games.
“Austin was a great town and community to play juniors in,” said Jacobs. “My experience there has no doubt prepared me to play at the college level.”
During the 2020-21 season, Jacobs finished third in team scoring with 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 56 games. He was also selected to the 2021 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Central Division team.
Jacobs had a history of being a captain on the teams he played for and held an alternate captain position for three out of the four seasons leading up to his time in Austin – one with the San Diego Jr. Gulls’ 16U AAA team and two with the Rampage 18U AAA squad. He also wore a letter on the Rampage 16U AAA team.
Jacobs’ first year in Austin was his first season in four years where he was not a captain but in 2020-21, he donned an ‘A’ for the Bruins.
“I am grateful for everything I learned from my coaches and teammates, and I appreciate my time with the Bruins, but I am now very excited for the next chapter at Eau Claire,” Jacobs said. “I cannot wait to meet all the boys, get the season going, and live with former Bruin Kyle Oleksiuk as well.”
Wisconsin-Eau Claire had an abbreviated season in 2020-21, finishing the regular season 4-2-1 and then falling to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2-1 in overtime in the first round of the playoffs. Last season was coming off a championship year for Eau Claire, going 19-4-2 in the regular season in 2019-20 before topping the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to win the WIAC championship.
(August 26, 2021)