June 23, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- For the first time since 2007, the University of Michigan ice hockey program had a player selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, as incoming freshman Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) was taken ninth overall by the Winnipeg Jets on Friday (June 22) at Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Trouba was ranked ninth among North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Service after completing his second season with the United States National Team Development Program in 2011-12. The 6-2, 193-pound defenseman appeared in 50 games last season with the USNTDP Under-18 team, earning 31 points (9g, 22a). He represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, recording three assists in six games. Trouba has also won two gold medals with the U.S. at the World Under-18 Championships (2011, 2012) and captured a silver medal at the 2011 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.
Trouba is the 17th Michigan player or commit to be selected in the first round, and the first since Montreal took forward Max Pacioretty in 2007. He is the seventh-highest pick in U-M history and the second-highest pick by the Winnipeg Jets (Aaron Ward, fifth overall, 1991). Trouba will join sophomore defenseman Brennan Serville (Pickering, Ontario) as Winnipeg draft picks in Ann Arbor next season.
The 2012 NHL Entry Draft will continue on Saturday (June 23) with rounds 2-7, beginning at 10 a.m. All six remaining rounds will be broadcast live on the NHL Network.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423