When the newest member of the Sarnia Sting takes to the ice this season, he’ll be playing for himself, his teammates and the family that paved his way.
Josh Jacobs, who left the Michigan State hockey program to sign with the Sting last week, will wear #8 as a tribute to his late grandfather.
“His favourite number was eight, so I try to represent him as best I can through that number,” said the 6’2”, 195 lb. blueliner. Jacobs was selected by the Sting in the fourth round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection but chose the U.S. college route instead.
He was drafted by New Jersey in the second round of the NHL draft last year.
The 19-year-old describes himself as a two-way defenceman who likes to move the puck and play a physical brand of hockey.
Sting head coach and co-owner Derian Hatcher expects Jacobs to have an immediate impact on the club, adding that pairing him with Jakob Chychrun is a possibility.
Jacobs had nine assists in 35 games last season with the Spartans and was named to the Big Ten All-Rookie team.
He previously played two seasons with the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League.
“It’s a huge day for our organization to have this commitment from Josh,” said Sting General Manager Nick Sinclair.