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Posted on Sat, Jun 23, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

Michigan hockey signee Jacob Trouba taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL draft

By Nick Baumgardner

Jacob Trouba has yet to play a game for Red Berenson at the University of Michigan, but he's already made a name for himself.

Trouba, a 2012 Michigan hockey signee and incoming freshman, was selected Friday by the Winnipeg Jets with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft.

He becomes the first member of the Michigan hockey program to be selected in the first round since Max Pacioretty went to Montreal in 2007.

The 6-foot-2, 193-pound defenseman played in 50 games a year ago with the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team, which is located in Ann Arbor.

Trouba scored nine goals and had 22 assists on the season, and eventually helped win a gold medal at the World Under-18 Championships.

Despite being drafted so high, Trouba told the Detroit Free Press on Saturday that he still intends to play with the Wolverines next season.

"I'm going to Michigan next year to play there," he said. "I'm excited to get my education underway."

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.


Albert Howard

Sat, Jun 23, 2012 : 6:50 p.m.

Congratulations Jacob Trouba!


Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 11:54 a.m.

According to the TSN talking heads, they don't think that he is ready for the NHL yet. They did speculate that he would get the experience that he needs to reach that level "under the legendary Red Berenson" at UM, or at wherever the Jets' minor league club is. Bottom line is that he won't be playing for the Jets for a while and will probably be at UM.

Blue Marker

Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 11:42 a.m.

I do follow Michigan hockey and this has happened to Red a few times in just the last few years. Two top flight goalies that both said they were coming to Michigan decided to "follow their dreams" and never put on the Block M. I hope this kid knows the meaning of the word commitment but not all young men do.


Sun, Jun 24, 2012 : 2:32 p.m.

Blue Marker: If you followed Michigan Hockey closely at all (hockey blogs, WTKA), you'd know he's definitely coming to campus. Stop spreading negative rumors and innuendo.

Blue Marker

Sat, Jun 23, 2012 : 7:46 p.m.

The next headline will be "Trouba decides to follow dream to NHL". Sorry to be a dan-downer but I've seen this movie before. I know what this young man is saying today but I'll believe it when I see it.