HUMBOLDT PRODUCT JACOB WASSERMANN IS ONE OF SIX GOALTENDERS VYING FOR A SPOT ON TEAM WEST AT THE UPCOMING ‘WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE.’ PHOTO COURTESY MARLA POSSBERG.
The start of Jacob Wasserman’s junior hockey career has been equal to a flurry around a crowded crease but the 17 year-old doesn’t seem phased.
Following a trade of the Humboldt born netminder’s rights from the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants to the Regina Pats, he will likely be much closer to home when he reaches the major junior level. For now he can’t be any closer than suiting up for his hometown Broncos in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
After one year with the Saskatoon Blazers in AAA midget, he says he’s ecstatic to don the green and gold again.
“It’s been amazing playing at home. I love the team, the guys; it has been a great experience for me. I am growing and developing my game,” he said.
His optimism is playing part in stellar numbers, even as a midget aged goaltender. He has played so well he has earned a training camp invite for Team West at the upcoming ‘World Junior A Challenge’ in Dec.
He admitted the phone call was great to receive.
“It was a nice surprise, I didn’t even hear about it until a couple weeks ago. I started looking into it because someone had mentioned my name might be called for an invitation,” he explained.
The camp features 60 players from across western Canada; it will begin in Calgary on Dec. 2.
Wassermann is heading into the four day event with one goal.
“Obviously I want to be there, it would be a good experience with this being my draft year. There’s going to be a lot of scouts there so I have to perform well,” he added.
Wasserman has a 10-5 record in 17 starts posting a goals against average of 2.52 and a save percentage of .910.
Humboldt hosts the Melville Millionaires on Wednesday looking to break a three game losing streak.
Puck drop at the Elgar Petersen Arena is at 7:30 p.m.