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California Bantam Sets Sights on Ivy League

Jake Abenojar is a 14-year-old hockey player from Vacaville, CA. He just finished his Bantam Minor season with the San Jose Jr. Sharks 2005 AAA team where he is a standout defenseman. He plays the game smart, plays a two-way style, and is excellent on the breakout, making a crisp, clean first passes. When asked about who he models his game after he said, “Erik Karlsson definitely, he’s a great play maker, offensive threat, and reliable in the defensive zone.”

This past season playing with the Jr. Sharks 2005’s Jake tallied 2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points and 54 penalty minutes. He plays a responsible depth position game. It’s no surprise that his favorite NHL player in Marc Edouard-Vlasic, as he also plays in all crucial situations for the San Jose Sharks NHL team. He attributes his success against his toughest competition, Anaheim Jr. Ducks 05 AAA and LA Jr. Kings 05 AAA, to his patient style of play.

With summer approaching, Jake is setting his sights on his summer training, diet and on-ice workouts. Jake used a reputable hockey training website for all of his off-ice workouts. He also follows their strict diet program for the ultimate off-ice, off-season combination. Top tier coaches Evgeny Molotilov and Larry Cahn help Jake hone his game in the summer months.

This summer is going to be a busy one for Jake as on top of his on-ice, off-ice and nutrition work he is also going to be participating in some of the top showcases in the country. He’s planning to attend the Pacific Identification Futures Camp, LA Jr. Kings Carmen Starr Invitational, and the Selects Hockey Evaluations Camp.

The sign of a good athlete is the ability to self-reflect and realize your strengths and weaknesses. Jake knows that his strengths are his hockey IQ, skill set, and hockey sense. Jake says, “My hockey IQ meshes well with me passing and puck handling ability.” He also knows what he has to work on his weaknesses, quicker shot release and consistency game to game.

“I have some amazing games and then some average ones right after.”

Next year Jake will continue to play with the Jr. Sharks 2005’s with the hopes in getting picked up in the WHL 2020 Bantams Draft. While in high school he hopes to play junior hockey and advance his game to NCAA Division 1 ranks at either Harvard or Yale ideally because as he says, “Because they are both amazing athletically and academically.”

Outside of hockey Jake is very interested in mental health, enjoys fitness and swimming as well. His favorite pregame meal is pasta, favorite movie is Central Intelligence, favorite school subject is math and he wants to be a hockey player and a psychiatrist when he grows up!


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