Stilwell’s Commitment to College Has Extra Special Meaning.
Winnipeg Blues continue to see their veterans committing to colleges for the upcoming season. The most recent player to get the call is forward Jake Stilwell.
Stilwell will be attending Concordia College in North Dakota for the upcoming season. The 20 year old from Jamestown, North Dakota has 19 points (19 g, 9a) in 48 games this season.
Committing to a college is special for any player, but committing to Condordia has an extra special meaning for Stilwell.
“Concordia is where my parents met”, says Stilwell. “My dad was on the hockey team and my mom was on the volleyball team, so being able to attend the same college as my parents means a lot to myself and my family.”
“Not only am I excited to join Concordia’s hockey program, but I can pretty much thank the school for my life as well”, adds Stilwell.
While most kids dream of playing in the NHL growning up, Stilwell says playing college hockey was always his goal and is very thankful for the opportunity to fulfil his dream.
The “Cobbers” play in NCAA Division III and are coached by Chris Howe.
Stilwell says playing under Don MacGillivray and with great teammates has helped him prepare for the jump to college hockey.
“I can’t begin to explain the impact Don and the rest of the coaching staff have had on my development. They have helped me fill some holes I had in my game, and most importantly they taught me what it takes to win at a high level.”
And with the Blues in the home stretch of the season they’ll be looking for Stilwell to continue playing at a high level as Winnipeg tries to repeat as the MJHL Champions.