Jacob Thousand has made his commitment to Colby College. He is set to hit the ice next season for their 2019-2020 campaign. Jacob has been noted for his speed and playmaking abilities. He also has soft hands to compliment his heads up style of play.
Jacob first hockey memory wasn’t a positive one:
“I remember crying and crying when my dad put me on the ice, I wanted nothing to do with it. I started playing in Madison, Wisconsin when I was 4 years old. I originally took skating lessons from a figure skating coach that my parents knew to get the basics down before switching over to hockey.”
Going on to play high school hockey for his hometown of Waunakee:
“Playing high school hockey in Wisconsin was absolutely amazing, I loved having the opportunity to represent my school and my peers. Capping it off with the winningest season in school history and a conference championship. I was fortunate enough to lead the state in scoring my junior and senior year.”
Post high school Jacob has had to overcome some adversity:
“When I was a senior in high school I got hurt at the end of the year and didn’t get drafted in the NAHL had nowhere to play. I didn’t know if I was going to play anymore, and had to train and work hard to make the Coulee Region Chill.”
His Junior journey has not been the smoothest, bouncing around from the NAHL to the CCHL and landing in the OJHL:
“It [has been] a process and I definitely noticed the change as a player and person from year 1 to year 4, something I expect to be similar throughout college. I played a bit in the North American Hockey League before making the transition to the Central Canadian Hockey League. I felt the style up in Canada fit my game better and I found much more success up here. Now in the Ontario Junior Hockey League I could not be happier playing for a great organization in the Wellington Dukes.”
We asked what his recruiting process looked like:
“I talked to mainly NESCAC schools but others reached out as well. I only ended up visiting Bowdoin, Hamilton, Middlebury, and of course Colby. The minute I stepped on campus I knew it was the right fit. I had a great meeting with Coach MacDonald and felt very comfortable hanging out with the boys. I plan to study economics and go into the financial industry.”
Ending his season with the Dukes, he was able to put up 7 points in 14 games. Getting 1 goal and 6 assists, and tallying 2 points in the playoffs.
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