1. He comes from a four-person family. His father, Bob, is manager of a supply company. His mother, Anne, is a nurse. His older sister, Jessie, was a member of the womenu2019s crew team at Merrimack College.
2. Eichel started playing hockey at age 4 but had to leave his home state to do it. Massachusetts required children to be 5 to join its leagues, so his parents signed him up across the state line in New Hampshire. (Secretary of State John Kerry also played a little hockey in New Hampshire).
3. He loves to eat Capu2019n Crunch cereal. u201cI crush one or two bowls a day in the dining hall,u201d he told NHL.com.
4. Eichel is active on social media, with accounts on Twitter (@Jack_Eichel11) and Instagram (jackeichel11).
5. He left his home in Chelmsford, Mass., prior to his sophomore year to become part of the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Other players whou2019ve been in the program include Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk. (Western New York native John Beilein also took his game to Ann Arbor as the head coach of Michigan basketball).
6. Eichel, who graduated from high school a year early, is enrolled in the General Studies program at Boston University. Heu2019s fond of history but not science. u201cI just like learning what happened before me,u201d he told NHL.com. u201cI have no interest in anything to do with science.u201d (Hey, Jack, the Teddy Roosevelt swearing-in site isn't all that far from First Niagara Center).
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7. Hockey has made the 18-year-old a world traveler. Heu2019s represented the United States at tournaments in Russia, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Czech Republic and Canada.
8. He was a regular on the award circuit. In addition to winning the Hobey Baker Award as top collegiate player, Eichel was a first-team All-American, Hockey East Player of the Year, Hockey East Rookie of the Year, Hockey East Tournament MVP and USA Hockey College Player of the Year. He also earned at least 22 weekly or monthly honors while leading the NCAA in points (71), assists (44) and plus/minus rating (plus-51). (Now all Eichel has to do is strike the Patrick Kane pose in a Sabres' sweater.)
9. Eichel is a workout fanatic. There are videos of him lifting 300 pounds at age 16. He finished fourth in the bench press at the NHL Scouting Combine, putting up about 145 pounds 16 times in the midst of numerous back-to-back fitness challenges.