Jacob Friedland, a junior from Pittsburgh, Pa., first began playing hockey at the ripe age of six.
“I always looked up to my cousin and wanted to do everything he did,” Friedland said. “Once I started playing I really liked it and have loved it ever since.”
Although focused primarily on academics, before committing to the University of Maryland, Friedland spoke to Head Coach Bill Krampf who told him about the program.
“It seemed like a good team,” Friedland said. “They were still serious, but it wasn’t too overbearing of a commitment.”
After the team made it all the way to nationals last year, Friedland hopes to build on the team’s momentum, planning to get ahead from the get-go by getting off to a good start.
Other accomplishments of Friedland include playing in Tier-1 U12 and U14 nationals, and playing in his high school all-star game as both a junior and senior.
A big Penguins fan, Friedland says Sidney Crosby is his favorite professional player. He admires his work ethic and the fact that in his opinion, no one in the NHL works harder than Crosby.
Other favorites of Friedland include the popular television series Curb Your Enthusiasm and the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Also a fan of the band Led Zeppelin and mountain biking, Friedland still manages to find time to hang out with friends and take it easy with a book in hand.
Some of his strengths on the ice include forechecking and playmaking, and according to Coach Krampf, Friedland isn’t too far off.
“He’s one of the hardest workers on the team,” Coach Krampf said. “He’s also one of the smartest.”
Friedland plans to continue playing hockey after college in a men’s league to keep the momentum rolling and maintain his love for the sport.
“Hockey has always been part of my life. It’s one of my favorite hobbies.”