Jack Robert Eichel (born October 28, 1996) is an American professional ice hockey center currently serving as the captain for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Eichel was selected second overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. Before entering the league, Eichel was described at the age of 17 as "the new face of American hockey," Eichel is considered a member of a rising class of generational talents in the sport, along with fellow 2015 top prospect Connor McDavid.
Eichel with the Sabres in 2016
October 28, 1996|
North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
|NHL team||Buffalo Sabres|
|National team||United States|
2nd overall, 2015|
Eichel was the recipient of the 2015 Hobey Baker Award, given to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men's ice hockey player. He was the second freshman to win the award and the first since Paul Kariya in 1993.
Eichel played for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program team during the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons, and was recognized for his outstanding play during the 2013–14 season when he was named to the United States Hockey League Second All-Star Team. After his second season within the Development Program, Eichel signed a letter of intent to commit to Boston University of the Hockey East on April 29, 2014.
On April 10, 2015, Eichel became the second freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award, which was previously won by Paul Kariya in 1993. In 40 games with Boston University, Eichel led the nation in scoring with 26 goals, 45 assists, and 71 points. Eichel was also the Hockey East scoring champion, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, First Team Hockey East and a member of the All-Rookie Team, and was named MVP of the conference tournament. Eichel was projected to be the second overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft behind projected first overall pick Connor McDavid.
On June 26, 2015, Eichel was selected 2nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, one pick after the Edmonton Oilers selected Connor McDavid. In the months leading up to the draft, considerable interest and hype arose surrounding Eichel and McDavid, both seen as generational talents. For example, the sports section of the Buffalo News regularly published the "McEichel Derby," a graphic of the teams at the bottom of the standings. On July 1, 2015, Eichel signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Sabres.
Eichel scored his first NHL goal on October 8, 2015, becoming the youngest player in Sabres history to do so, in his first game in the NHL against the Ottawa Senators. He finished his rookie campaign with 24 goals and 56 points in 81 games, being the Sabres' top goalscorer and second in points (after Ryan O'Reilly) and second in both criteria among rookies, after Artemi Panarin. On October 12, 2016, Eichel suffered a severe high ankle sprain to his left ankle in practice and had to be helped off of the ice; he missed the first two months of the season before making his season debut on November 29. He finished the year with 24 goals and 33 assists in just 61 games.
Before the 2017–18 season, on October 3, 2017, the Sabres signed Eichel to an eight-year, $80 million contract extension worth $10 million annually. The contract is set to begin at the start of the 2018–19 season. On December 15, 2017, Eichel scored his first career hat trick against the Carolina Hurricanes in a 5–4 loss. On January 11, 2018, Eichel was selected as the sole representative of the Sabres for the 2018 NHL All-Star game. This was the first NHL All-Star game of Eichel's career. During a game in February against the Boston Bruins, Eichel sprained his ankle and was ruled out for 4–6 weeks. He returned 15 games later to help the Sabres beat the Chicago Blackhawks for the first time since 2009. Eichel finished the 2017–18 season with 25 goals and 39 assists for a total of 64 points in only 67 games.
During the summer before the 2018–19 season, Eichel changed his jersey number from 15 to 9, the same number he wore at Boston University. On October 3, 2018, before the beginning of the regular season, Eichel was named the captain of the Sabres. On March 10, 2019, Eichel was suspended for two games for illegally checking Colorado Avalanche player Carl Söderberg in the head. On March 28, 2019, Eichel scored his 100th career goal in a 5–4 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
|Representing United States|
|2015 Czech Republic|
|IIHF World U18 Championship|
As a 15-year-old Eichel represented the United States at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics. He won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and a silver medal at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships. The following season he helped the USA squad capture the gold medal at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships, and he competed as a 17-year-old as Team USA's youngest player at the 2014 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Eichel represented Team USA in the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship.
At the conclusion of his freshman season with the Terriers, Eichel was named to make his full international debut with Team USA at the 2015 World Championships. Eichel scored 2 goals, including a game winner in the group stage against Slovakia, and 5 assists during the tournament, where Team USA won bronze. Eichel was selected to the 2017 Team USA IIHF World Championship roster. Team USA was eliminated in the quarter finals and placed 5th overall. Eichel recorded zero goals and five assists in eight games at the championship.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2012–13||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||35||13||14||27||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||24||20||25||45||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016||Team North America||WCH||5th||3||1||1||2||0|
Awards and honorsEdit
|NHL All-Rookie Team||2015–16|||
|NHL All-Star||2018, 2019|||
|USHL Second All-Star Team||2013–14|||
|HE All-Rookie Team||2015|
|HE Rookie of the Year||2015|
|HE First All-American Team||2015|
|HE First All-Star Team||2015|
|HE Player of the Year||2015|
|HE Tournament MVP||2015|
|HE Scoring Champion||2015|
|HE Three Stars Award||2015|
|NCAA Rookie of the Year||2015|
|Hobey Baker Award||2015|||
|Winter Youth Olympics||2012|||
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge Bronze Medal||2013|||
|IIHF World U18 Championship Silver Medal||2013|||
|IIHF World U18 Championship Gold Medal||2014|||
|CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game MVP||2014|
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- "Sabres sign Eichel to entry-level contract". Buffalo Sabres. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Eichel signs sponsorship deal with Bauer Hockey". tsn.ca. August 13, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- Wharnsby, Tim (October 9, 2015). "Sabres forward Jack Eichel scores in NHL debut". NHL.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- "Eichel won't play for U.S. at worlds, needs rest".
- "Sabres, Eichel agree to terms on extension". NHL.com. October 3, 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
- The Canadian Press (15 December 2017). "Slavin scores OT winner as Hurricanes top Sabres". TSN.ca. Buffalo, NY: TSN. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
- Yerdon, Joe (January 11, 2018). "Eichel honored to represent Sabres at All-Star Game". NHL.com. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
- "Sabres' Eichel out 4 to 6 weeks with sprained right ankle". sportsnet.ca. February 11, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- Yerdon, Joe (March 17, 2018). "Eichel has assist in return, Sabres top Blackhawks". nhl.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
- "Eichel unveils new, old number, former teammate Kane chimes in". NHL.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
- "Sabres name Eichel captain". TSN.ca. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
- "Eichel suspended two games for actions in Sabres game against Avalanche". NHL.com. March 10, 2019. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
- "Red Wings recover, top Sabres in OT". NHL.com. March 28, 2019. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
- "Eichel To Represent Team Usa At Youth Olympics". Boston Junior Bruins. 2011-11-02.
- "Top U.S. prospect Jack Eichel serves notice at world junior".
- USPHL: Five Alumni Invited To World Junior Camp Archived September 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- "U.S. captures gold medal at U-18 Worlds".
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- "Jack Eichel named to Team USA for World Champs". USAToday. 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2015-04-18.
- Hamilton, Paul (2015-05-17). "Eichel and the U.S. win bronze". WGR 550. Archived from the original on 2015-09-12. Retrieved 2015-05-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Eichel Added to 2017 U.S. Men's National Team". usahockey.com. Colorado Springs, Colo. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
- "First 17 players named to 2019 U.S. Men's national team". USA Hockey. April 19, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "NHL announces All-Rookie Team".
- "All-USHL First and Second Teams Named for 2013–14".
- "Boston University's Jack Eichel wins Hobey Baker Award – The Boston Globe".
- "U.S. Youth Olympic Team Settles for Fourth – Amateur Hockey News – January 21, 2012".
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- "2014 U18 Video: Jack Eichel, USA – Hockey's Future". April 28, 2014.
- Notebook (April 28) – Team USA Captures Gold at U18 Worlds | USA Hockey
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Jack Eichel on Twitter
|Awards and achievements|
| Hockey East Player of the Year
| Hockey East Rookie of the Year
| Hockey East Tournament MVP
| Hockey East Scoring Champion
| Hockey East Three-Stars Award
| Hobey Baker Award
| NCAA Ice Hockey Scoring Champion
| Tim Taylor Award
| Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
| Buffalo Sabres captain