The wait was brief for Jacob Guévin, as the Omaha Mavericks organization, with whom he had made a verbal agreement, gave him a formal contract from the first day of the opening of the signing of contract.
This means that the 17-year-old hockey player from Saint-Léonard-d’Aston will be able to join the University of Nebraska in the near future.
“I knew it was coming, but maybe not as soon as the signatures opened. I signed up straight away because I know the University has a very good reputation. We will now see what will happen in the next two years, ”he says from the outset.
It must be said that Omaha could not let such a quarterback slip away. The young defenseman had a blast last year with 56 points in 50 games in the United States high school – Preparatory (USHS-Prep) hockey league. He was second on the team behind Félix Trudeau (63 points in 55 games).
“I had a very good season, indeed, but COVID-19 came to prevent us from making the playoffs,” he laments.
Although the pandemic is very present on American soil, the former Estacades de Trois-Rivières (Midget AAA) still has the chance to play this season. He made the jump to the United States Hockey League (USHL), which is akin to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), where he again adapted very well.
“It’s a very good walk compared to where I played last year, but I adapted quickly. I did come here last year for two or three stays, so I knew a little what to expect, ”concedes the one who is accompanied by two Quebecers in the team, namely Anthony Cliche and Christophe Tellier .
“This year, we can play and I feel really lucky with the situation. The conditions change according to the states where we play. Last week, we were in Michigan where there were no spectators allowed, while we played in Ohio where a certain percentage was accepted, ”he adds.
After seven games, he got six points, while turning on the goal light twice. Last season, he was shut out in the six meetings in which he had taken part.
“We have a really good team. Several American colleges are closed so we inherited players that we probably would not have had in normal times. We have a fairly old team, I would say, ”he adds.
Guévin not only has a very promising future, but a strong position in demand. He will be eligible for the next National Hockey League (NHL) draft, in 2021, and could hear his name echo in the amphitheater to be chosen later.
“I’m sure I think about it, but not too much either so as not to stress or worry. The repechage is a day that we imagined when we were young, ”he concludes.