Jacobs gives up last three years at Michigan State, signs with OHL’s Sting

Michigan State freshman defenseman Josh Jacobs has left school and will join the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting for the 2015-16 season, according to MiHockey.

Jacobs, a New Jersey Devils second-round draft pick (41st overall) in 2014, posted nine assists in 35 games last year for the Spartans.

“I informed Coach [Tom] Anastos that I will be pursuing my professional hockey interests elsewhere next season,” Jacobs said in a statement. “I’m very thankful to Michigan State University and the hockey community for everything over the past few years and I wish them nothing but the best going forward.”

“Josh has informed me that he has decided to leave school to pursue his professional hockey interests,” added Anastos. “We are certainly respectful of his decision, appreciate his contributions to our program, and wish him all the best in his hockey career moving forward.”

Jacobs was a fourth-round pick by the Sting in the 2012 OHL draft and won a United States Hockey League title with the Indiana Ice in 2014.


  1. So let me get this right, kid gives up additional years at MSU playing against a better quality of competition to go to the “O” to play against 16, 17, 18 year olds? Furthermore he was getting 25+ minutes every night, something does not add up. To bail this late, I gotta wonder about academics.

    • I was thinking the same thing Noke. Something fishy here. And not just the OHL poaching again. Either way, the D has taken a big hit with Jacobs and Krygier leaving early.

      • Why are guys leaving a program that’s supposedly “progessing in the right direction”? Well they haven’t won anything since Anastos took over, not an Ice Breaker, GLI, CCHA or Big Ten title or tournament. None of their former players(With an exception of Krug, who was already there before Anastos) has sustained a successful pro career above the ECHL. It seems as if players aren’t getting any better by going there. As a second rounder Jacobs should’ve put up decent number last year offensively but his output wasn’t substantial by any means. There’s bigger problems than the OHL poaching, academics or other school’s whooing players with their new facilities….It isn’t hard to see. They need to look inside their own lockerroom and figure out the problem

          • Wow, so I look in the locker room and I see Ferrentino, Hildebrand, Walsh, Keller, as well as Joe Cox. Decatur, disappointed with your post, LFE, best of luck to your son.

          • Noke: I see those guys too. I also saw a very good Freshman/Sophomore who probably was going to run the PP. Be a top PK guy and be the number 1 D-man leave the team for a second rate OHL squad. As I understand, he is a good kid. Good family. Grades, ?. Don’t know. What I am saying, is that there could have been a locker room situation. Or a team situation that upset him, and or the family that the coaching staff, or team leadership did not rectify in a manner that satisfied him, or maybe his family. You know I do not like this coach. And you know I think the AD made a terrible mistake in hiring someone who hadn’t coached in almost 20 years. I’m just wondering if this coach can’t keep a locker room together. I don’t think he can.


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