YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Youngstown Phantoms’ defenseman Jake Gingell has announced his commitment to play for the University of Michigan, following his 2017-2018 season in the United States Hockey League (USHL).
The 6’0 200 lbs. left shot defensemen, Gingell, of Gregory, Michigan, joined the Phantoms last season after playing two years with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL.
Gingell has played 57 games with the Phantoms, and a total of 163 games in the USHL. With the Phantoms, he tallied 1 goal and 9 points last season as well as carrying a team leading +21 rating.
“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always dreamed of playing hockey at the University of Michigan, “said Gingell. “The education there as well as the hockey made the decision a no brainer for me. I feel the new coaching staff there is going to put the hockey program in a position to win a National Championship and I want to be a part of that and be a piece to the puzzle. The coaching staff in Youngstown has helped me develop into a higher caliber player and I can say confidently that is a huge reason why I got an opportunity to play at a big time college program. Even though it is a dream come true to commit to the University of Michigan, I’m just as excited to get the season started in Youngstown and start our mission to win a Clark Cup.”
Gingell was acquired from the Omaha Lancers in July 2016 in exchange for Youngstown’s 7th Round Phase II pick in 2017 and Youngstown’s 2018 6th Round Phase II pick. Prior to his USHL career, Gingell played U16 and U18 AAA hockey in the Detroit area for Compuware and Victory Honda where he had been a 2013 Phase I pick of Omaha in the 5th Round (67th overall) while playing for a talented U16 Compuware club.
“This is a great moment for Jake and we are all very proud of him as someone like him deserves this “ said Phantoms’ General Manager Jason Koehler. “Jake has been a rock solid defender, leader, teammate, and competitor since he joined us last off-season and has seen tremendous growth in his game since he started working with our Assistant Coach Jeff Potter. Everything we hoped for and wanted out of Jake last season, we got, and we expect him to help anchor our blue line and be a leader on a Clark Cup caliber team this season – we know what we get out of him every shift, every period, and every game - and that’s a tremendous compliment to him and how far he has come these last few seasons. The staff at Michigan (Mel Pearson, Brian Wiseman, and Bill Muckalt) will certainly value and appreciate what Jake can bring to the team and lockerroom over the next four seasons in Ann Arbor.”
Former Phantoms Kyle Connor and Andrew Sinelli have also attended the University of Michigan.