Trouba Excited for Michigan After Draft

Standing tall in the NHL Draft media area at the Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center June 23, Jacob Trouba, 18, proudly wore the crisp blue sweater of the Winnepeg Jets. He insists, however, that he will wear the Maize & Blue for Michigan hockey coach, Red Berenson in the fall.

"I’m excited. This is a cool time for my family and I,” said Trouba. “I’m excited to be a Jet.”

Trouba was expected to go in the first round and did, selected 9th overall by the Jets on The Opening night of the NHL entry draft.

The two-way defenseman was recently reported to be considering a $200,000 offer to play for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. But Trouba and his family have denied those reports saying he will be a Wolverine in the fall.

Trouba just finished at the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor and was the youngest player on Team USA this year at the World Junior Championship. The d-man, who is considered valuable on short-handed plays, has won two gold medals at the World Under-18 Championships in 2011 and 2012.

“It was cool,” he said of the 2012 Worlds. “Being around those players…I was just trying to take in as much as I could from all those guys.”

Playing against bigger and stronger guys can only make him better, said Trouba, and he was ready. He’s also ready for an education from the University of Michigan.

“I’m majoring in Kinesiology,” he said, adding he’s not exactly sure what he wants to do with that major. “That’s such a ways down the road.”

Trouba said he’s excited about the coaching staff at Michigan. It’s always been his coaches and his family that have kept him grounded, he said.

“Especially my brothers,” he smiled. “It’s been important.”

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