CHICAGO, IL – In honor of a new AHL affiliation, the Weekly One Timer introduces you to one member of the Chicago Wolves organization with five facts about and five quotes from that person.
This week’s edition focuses on “the other” defenseman named Jake, Jake Bischoff.
- Bischoff was selected 185th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Source: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=180081
- The Vegas Golden Knights acquired him earlier this summer as part of a trade which saw them select Jean-Francois Berube from the Islanders.
- The defenseman was a finalist for the 2013 Minnesota Mr. Hockey award, given annually to the most outstanding senior high school player in Minnesota. That same year, he was named the recipient of the Reed Larson Award as the state’s top senior defenseman. SOURCE: https://kdal610.com/news/articles/2017/mar/29/grand-rapids-native-jake-bischoff-signs-with-new-york-islanders/
- He spent four seasons as a member of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, helping them to four consecutive B1G regular season championships while he was there. The defenseman wore an ‘A’ on his chest for his last two seasons in Minnesota. Source: https://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-hockey/mtt/jake_bischoff_851414.html
- Before arriving in Chicago, he spent six games at the end of last season in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, registering two goals and one assist. The 23-year-old turned professional after the conclusion of his senior season.
- He was really excited when he found out he’d be joining the Golden Knights organization.
“It felt good. It was definitely a little surprising, for me. I wasn’t really expecting to be traded. I mean, I hadn’t really even played any professional games before. I found out about it, and I was really excited right away. They have a great organization and great leadership there. You can see with the success they’ve had already this year. I think they’re going to be really good for years to come.”
7. Bischoff had a chance to turn professional after his junior year but decided to return to Minnesota to finish out his NCAA eligibility.
“No, I really enjoyed it. I actually had an opportunity to leave early, and I did not. I loved it there, I wanted to go back and get my degree, I think that’s really important. I absolutely loved it at Minnesota so it was really easy to make that decision my senior year to stay.”
8. Though he’s been a part of a leadership group for the past two seasons, Bischoff is looking to lead in a different way this year.
“I obviously try to lead by example, naturally. Coming into – being a young guy on this team, or a rookie, younger guy – I think you really don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, either. You need to sometimes be a good follower at the right times to. I think, just understanding your role, and where I fit in and that kind of stuff. I think that’s more important than leading right now.”
9. The defenseman was able to identify what he feels is the strongest part of his game.
“I’d say probably, how I think the game. I think that’s my best part. I feel like I’m able to usually make a good first pass and get the puck out of our zone pretty well.”
10. He’s aware that there’s always something you can work on, no matter how long you’ve been playing.
For him, it’s, “I think working on being stronger in my own zone. That’s something I’ve been working on awhile now, throughout my whole college career and now. I mean, it’s something that you can never really be too good enough at. Just being tougher, harder to play against, that’s the main thing.”