In honor of his college number, here are nine things to know about Jack Eichel.
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 women’s crew at Merrimack College.
“She’s a super competitive person,” Jack Eichel said. “She’s definitely made me tough. She used to be beat me up a lot when I was younger. She’s been a huge influence on me. I can’t say enough good things about her.”
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.
3. He loves to eat Cap’n Crunch cereal. “I crush one or two bowls a day in the dining hall,” he told NHL.com.
4. Eichel is active on social media. He has 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 who’ve been in the program include Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk.
6. Eichel, who graduated from high school a year early, is enrolled in the General Studies program at Boston University. He’s fond of history but not science.
“I just like learning what happened before me,” he told NHL.com. “I have no interest in anything to do with science.”
7. Hockey has made the 18-year-old a world traveler. He’s 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).
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.