The University of Maine men’s hockey program has landed its first English player.
Center Jack Musil, who has represented Great Britain in two World Junior Championships, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine in the fall.
He will begin his career as a nonscholarship player.
Musil will be the second British player to play at Maine as Colin Shields, who was from Scotland, racked up 61 goals and 56 assists for 117 points in 120 games from 2001-2004.
Musil has scored 41 goals and registered 42 assists in 42 games for the New England Wolves of the Academy East Hockey League.
The 20-year-old Musil left his native Hull, England, at age 16 to pursue his dream of playing professional hockey in North America.
“He is a special player,” said Wolves general manager and coach Steve Jacobs. Coming to North America to play hockey tells you how committed he is and how committed his family is.
“His hockey IQ is immeasurable,” said Jacobs. “He sees everything on the ice just like a coach would. He has great hands and puck skills. He can freeze opponents. He has a quick release on his shot. He surprises goalies.”
He also called Musil very coachable and said his playing style is similar to that of Boston Bruins center David Krejci.
Musil has an exceptional work ethic on and off the ice, added Jacobs.
The 6-foot-1, 176-pounder, who is a right-hand shot, said he is excited about coming to Maine.
“The atmosphere up there is unbelievable,” said Musil. “I went up and watched the Maine-New Hampshire game and the atmosphere was crazy.
“People in the community really care about the hockey program, the coaching staff is unbelievable and the players were really friendly. I also really liked the school. I think it’s going to be a good fit for me,” said Musil.
In preparation for Maine, Musil intends to spend a lot of time in the gym to improve his strength and he will work on all aspects of his game.
His participation at Maine is dependent upon his admission to the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.