It has been a big off-season in the DeBoer household. First, Peter DeBoer landed a new job as the bench boss of the San Jose Sharks and now his 15-year-old son Jack has committed to Boston University for the 2018-19 season.
When it comes to learning the game, Jack DeBoer has had NHL calibre coaching for his entire life, so it’s no wonder the 15-year-old son of Sharks bench boss Peter has already found a potential home in college hockey.
According to SBNation College Hockey’s Jeff Cox, DeBoer has landed a scholarship from Boston University to join the club in 2018-19. While it’s still far away, it’s hard to imagine what kind of frame DeBoer will have by then. At 15, he’s already listed as 6-foot-2, 170 pounds by Elite Propsects. If he adds some bulk to his frame and continues to grow, he could be a monstrous power forward by the time he suits up for the Terriers.
This past season, DeBoer played for the New Jersey Colonials and scored 27 goals and 62 points in 35 games. He also took part in the USA Select tournament earlier this summer and notched one goal and five points in five contests.
For 2015-16, DeBoer will be heading to Salisbury, Conn., to join the Salisbury high school program which has won the past three New England Div. I championships. The program has produced several NHL and AHL talents, including Marc Arcobello, Paul Carey and Brian Gibbons.
DeBoer’s signing is part of an ongoing trend of young players committing to NCAA programs before they’ve even come close to graduating high school. This summer has seen 13-year-old Anthony Cipollone commit to University of Vermont and 15-year-old Oliver Wahlstrom committed to Harvard.
Wahlstrom’s route to college could be a sign of how these young commits will pan out for the NCAA programs, however. Wahlstrom committed to Maine’s NCAA program at 13, but by this summer he had backed out. Shortly after de-committing from Maine, Wahlstrom announced via Twitter that he had committed to Harvard.