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NHL Draft Prospect Trouba Commits to University of Michigan

Thursday September 29, 2011

Team USA defenseman Jacob Trouba is entering his second USHL season. (photo by Tom Sorensen)

Team USA announced that defenseman Jacob Trouba has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Michigan next season.

The 6-2, 194-pound native of Rochester, Minnesota collected seven points (3g, 4a) while playing 31 USHL games for Team USA’s Under-17 squad in 2010-11.  Trouba participated in this summer’s NHL Research, Orientation and Development Camp alongside several other top NHL draft-eligible prospects.  He has been tabbed as one of the top USHL prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

"I really liked the way he played in all three games I viewed; he's a very good size D man," Al Jensen of NHL Central Scouting told NHL.com following the USHL Fall Classic.  "He skates exceptionally well and likes to rush up ice with the puck and with good speed.  He'll also join the rush himself, is very confident and has great agility.  He's strong physically, can handle the puck and is always alert.  He also did a good job with one-on-one rushes against ... he has great upside."

Trouba won’t have to go far to continue his hockey career as the Ann Arbor-based National Team Development Program is in close proximity to the University of Michigan campus. 

Last season, the University of Michigan Wolverines advanced to the NCAA title game, losing to the champion University of Minnesota-Duluth.  The Wolverines roster included 11 USHL alumni.

LISTEN to Jacob Trouba’s recent interview on The Pipeline Show www.thepipelineshow.com as he discusses his development and decision to play college hockey at Michigan.

USHL stats – Jacob Trouba


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 10th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2011-12. With 28 picks during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 18 NHL draftees on its rosters last season, and over 280 players committed to NCAA Division I schools during the 2010-11 season, the USHL is emerging as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.comor visit the League’s multiple social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive).

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