HUMBOLDT’S JACOB WASSERMANN WAS NAMED TO TEAM WEST FOR THE UPCOMING CJHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME IN MISSISSAUGA, ONT. PHOTO COURTESY MARLA POSSBERG.
Jacob Wassermann’s first year of junior hockey continues to be a whirlwind.
The 17 year-old Humboldt product has seen his Western Hockey League rights traded from Vancouver to Regina. He started the season red hot earning an invite to the Team West training camp for the ‘World Junior A Challenge’ plus earning a number of weekly Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League honours.
Next up for the former Saskatoon Blazer is an invite to the Canadian Junior Hockey League top prospects game. Wassermann said he can take what he learned at the Team West camp and import that into this showcase.
“There was a tonne of skill at that camp and obviously they went out and won gold,” he said. “You could see how good the players at that camp were, it was an eye opener.”
Wassermann returned to Humboldt disappointed but he’s since turned his focus back to the Broncos, he’s 12-6-2-2 in 22 starts. His goals against average of 2.53 ranks sixth among SJHL netminders, he’s eighth in save percentage at .911. Those statistics lead all first year puck stoppers.
Wassermann said he hopes to play well and enjoy the experience.
“I just want to play how I can, show the people watching what I can do,” he said. “Most of all I want to have some fun.”
The game will be played Jan. 23. The annual contest showcases the top 40 CJHL prospects with assistance from Hockey Canada, Central Scouting and the National Hockey League.
General Manager Darcy Haugan said Wassermann has earned every accomplishment this year.
“We are extremely excited for Jacob and his family. He has worked extremely hard to get where is and it’s great he’s getting recognized for it,” Haugan said.
Wassermann will be joined by Flin Flon’s Chrystopher Collin representing the SJHL. Collin was a member of Team West that recently collected gold at the tournament in Truro, N.S.