Surrey, B.C. – The Surrey Eagles are proud to congratulate Jacob Slipec on his commitment to the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Slipec is the first Eagles player to commit to a Division 1 NCAA program since the conclusion of the 2021 Pod Season.
Jacob is a veteran of three seasons in the BCHL and has steadily improved every year since joining the league as an 18-year-old. He began his BCHL career with the Chilliwack Chiefs in the 2018-19 season. The following year, Slipec was traded to the Powell River Kings where he would see his ice-time and production increase following the trade. Before the pod season began in 2021, Jacob was then traded home to Surrey so he could play closer to friends and family, and enjoyed a career year in the abbreviated season.
Last season, Jacob scored 11 goals and 3 assists for 14 points in 17 games with the Eagles, and he’ll look to carry that momentum into his final season of junior hockey. For his BCHL career, Slipec has played in 111 games and has scored 20 goals, 28 assists for 48 points. Slipec has also played in 12 BCHL playoff games, and has scored 1 goal and 1 assist in those contests.
For Jacob, he was super excited to get this commitment finalized and has turned his focus into preparing for the upcoming season. “It means a lot, and I’m so grateful and fortunate to be a part of such a great NCAA program. It’s my fourth year in the league and obviously my last season, so it’s nice to have that sense of security before the season even started. As a junior hockey player it was in the back of my mind, so now I can focus on being the best player I can be for the team moving forward.”
Jacob isn’t the only future Maverick on this year’s Eagles roster, as he’ll join teammate Michael Abgrall who also played with him on the Powell River Kings during the 2019-20 season. Jacob talked about what it means to him being able to continue his hockey career with a familiar face. “I met Mike two years ago and we’ve been linemates the past two seasons. He was riding me about it, but he didn’t need to ride me too much as I knew right away (Omaha) was the spot for me. I’m excited to spend my third season with him and potentially another four years moving forward.”
Finally, for Jacob it’s a great feeling to finish his junior career at home with his brother Grayden this season. “Honestly, it’s a dream come true. Growing up, coming here watching games at a young age was important to me. Now I get my family to come watch my games, my brother and I get to play together for the first time and now with my commitment locked up I can focus on the team. It’s so surreal for me and I just want to be the best player I can, the best teammate I can to help this team win and exceed the expectations we’re entering the season with.”
You can watch Jacob Slipec and the boys as early as Sunday, September 19th, as the Eagles finish out their Training Camp schedule with a 4:00 PM split-squad game at South Surrey Arena that will be open to the public! The Eagles exhibition schedule gets underway on Monday, September 20th at 2:00 PM! For more information, click here.