Jacob “Jake” Theut
– Jakes Father Ed attended the Detroit Red Wings camp in 1984.
– Ali Bastianelli (Illinois, volleyball)
– Matt DeBlouw (Michigan State ‘16, men’s ice hockey )
– Kim Theut (Ohio State ’13, women’s ice hockey)
– Sammy Theut (Wisconsin-Milwaukee ’13, women’s basketball)
– Joe DeLamielleure (Michigan State’72, football, All-American, NFL All-Pro, Buffalo Bills/Cleveland Browns, Hall of Fame 2003).
Jake is a 6’3” goaltender that catches left. Jake uses his size, angles and depths to make it difficult for shooters to score. Overall, Jake models his game after Pekka Rinne.
Before playing NCAA Division 1 College Hockey, Jake played for his High School, De La Salle Collegiate, and put up impressive numbers his senior year (2011), his record was 18-4, with a 2.10 GAA , with a save percentage of .935. With those results, Jake was named All State First team and was also named to the State of Michigan’s High School Hockey “Dream Team”, which is the recognition of the 3 best forwards, 2 best defensemen and top goalie in the state.
Jake was also a Mr. Hockey finalist. Jake credits his first goalie coach, Norm Foster (EDM/BOS) for such a great foundation for his career.
Jake was an “Iron Man” at the Collegiate, meaning he played three sports during the academic school year and maintained a 3.0 GPA.
Following High School, Jake was invited to the Saginaw Spirit (OHL) rookie camp. Which saw the likes of Brandon Saad (CHI) Vincent Trocheck (FLA). Jake was told he was “the surprise of the camp”, by Spirit goalie coach Randy Wilson. Due to Jake’s aspirations to play NCAA D1 College Hockey, Jake did not pursue the OHL.
During a Showcase weekend in Boston, (that same summer) Jake also caught the eye of long-time coach Mike Addesa (RPI), which brought Jake to the East Coast.
Jake’s’ second half of his 2012-13 season was spent at St. Mary’s (JR. B) in the GOJHL. This is where Jake met Goalie coaches Steve McKichan (VAN) and Jason Van Spronsen of Future Pro, which Jake feels brought him to the next level in goaltending. Their confidence in him was inspiring for Jake.
Jake spent the 2013-14 season, (his final year of Jr.) playing for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the Eastern Hockey League, under coaches Ryan Frew and Frank Golden (PIT). Jake helped lead the team to an EHL regular season championship. Jake was an EHL First team All-Star and EHL goaltender of the year. Jake led the EHL in wins, with a 24-3-0 record. (That’s a .889 winning percentage!) Jake committed to Northeastern University of the Hockey East Conference.
While at Northeastern, Jake played with many future NHL’ers: Adam Gaudette (VAN) and 2018 Hobey Baker award winner, Kevin Roy (ANA), Zach Aston Reese (PIT), Matt Benning (EDM), and Dylan Sikura (CHI).
While at Northeastern, to quote Head Coach Jim Madigan; “Madigan on Jake Theut: Jake is a big kid, covers up a lot of space, has a really good attitude, and is someone who’s really hard working and a driven young man who will compete at the goaltending position with all of our goaltenders. We’re thrilled with him and every good program needs three quality goaltenders and we’re fortunate, I believe, to have two really good goaltenders returning and Jake adding to that mix.” NU goalie coach Ed Walsh, was very positive with Jake and knew Jake’s potential.
Jake was a member of the Hockey East Conference championship team (2016), Beanpot champion (2018), and those teams had two NCAA tournament appearances (2016/2018). Jake made his collegiate debut on November 12th of 2017, in the third period against No. 9 Notre Dame. The next night, Jake shut out that same Notre Dame team, in his first collegiate start!
Due to a log jam of quality goalies at Northeastern (Including Montreal Canadians draft pick; Cayden Primeau), Jake saw limited playing time at the University.
Jake earned Academic All-American status during his senior year, the first player at Northeastern to receive such a high honor.
Due to remaining NCAA eligibility, Jake received an offer to play his “5th Year” at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
While playing at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, the team struggled to win games, the team finished with an overall record of 8-28-2. The teams’ plus/minus for the season was a -48.
The positives for Jake, under a new leadership role at UAH:
*Jake led all of NCAA D1 Men’s Ice Hockey with 32.1 saves per start
*Jake led the WCHA regular season with 4 starts of 40 saves or more, which was good for 6th overall in the NCAA D1. These starts accounted for 33% of his games, which also led the NCAA D1.
* Jake also had the highest save percentage .894 with a corresponding 4.2 GAA of any goalie in the NCAA D1, over the past 7 years (that’s as far back as the stats go) this stat is rare.
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