Larkin Jacobson (6'2 200 lbs.) of the Janesville Jets (NAHL) has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Denver next season. Larkin's step-father is two time Stanley Cup winning forward Ruslan Fedotenko, who currently plays for the NY Rangers.
Larkin is the first Jets player to sign with a WCHA team. Former Janesville , Wisconsin native Dan Olszewski is a freshman for the Pioneers this season after playing with the St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL for two seasons.
In 19 NAHL games this season, Larkin has scored seven goals and has seven assists for a total of 14 points. Larkin and the Jets next play on Wednesday, Nov. 24, when they host the Coulee Region Chill, with a 7 p.m. start at the Janesville Ice Skating Center.
“This is what our league and our organization is all about. Moving kids along and giving them the chance to play at the next level,” Jets coach Dane Litke. “Denver really liked Larkin’s size and work ethic. They compared him to a former player that is now getting looks by the NHL and started out in our league.
Larkin's older brother Derek is a linemate on the Jets. The brothers came to Janesville from the Pittsburgh Hornets program, where they had played together for the past three seasons.
The brothers’ transition has also been helped by the input of their stepfather, New York Rangers forward Ruslan Fedontenko.
“Ruslan has always told us to play as long as we want, and that he’ll support us on whatever we want to do,” Derek said. “If we have a question, he’s not afraid to tell it like it is.”
Added Litke: “I’m sure (Ruslan) has been a big influence on them. They’ve been around the National Hockey League, and there’s no better person to ask questions of than an NHL player. I know he helps them out whenever he gets a chance.”
Another advantage was training with Fedotenko during the summers.
“He really puts us to work,” Larkin said. “He got us in the best shape we’ve been in.”
The brothers’ 2009 summer also included a visit from someone every hockey fan is familiar: a guy named Stanley.
“We had the Stanley Cup for a day,” Derek said. “We took it to Door County (Wisconsin). Our family has a place we stay in the summer. We had some friends meet us up there to enjoy it with us.”
That perk came as a result of the Penguins’ Finals (Fedotenko also was a member of Tampa Bay’s Cup-winning team in 2004).
2011 Recruiting Class
D Scott Mayfield (Youngstown, USHL)
F Zac Larraza (U.S. Under-18)
F Garrett Allen (Fargo, USHL)
D Matt Van Voorhis (U.S. Under-18)
D Joey LaLeggia (Penticton Vees, BCHL)
F Larkin Jacobson (Janesville Jets, NAHL)
2012 Recruiting Class
F Tyler Pham (Colorado Thunderbirds-U18)
D Dakota Mermis (U.S. Under-17)
D Josiah Didier (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Daniel Doremus (Sioux Falls, USHL)