Former Academy of Holy Angels defenseman Jacob Margarit commits to Army West Point
The 17-year-old is playing for the Philadelphia Rebels of the NAHL this season after putting up a point-per-game his junior year of high school.
SEWELL, N.J. — After posting a point-per-game in his junior year of high school with the Academy of Holy Angels, defenseman Jacob Margarit has announced his verbal commitment to play Division I hockey at Army West Point.
Although the 5-foot-10 defender has lived in Minnesota for the past couple of years, he was actually born in Southern California and then moved to Boise, Idaho, where he lived for most of his childhood.
Margarit didn't come from a family of hockey players, but his father is a big fan of the sport (particularly of the Los Angeles Kings) and put Jacob on the ice at a young age.
"Ever since day one, it was kind of meant to be," said Margarit about his hockey beginnings.
Idaho isn't known as a hockey state by any means, but the defenseman still found teams to play on and opportunities to get out on the ice.
"There's one rink in Boise ... So I actually ended up playing for a team in Utah but I lived in Boise."
Around the age of 12, Margarit and his family decided to make the move to Minnesota for more opportunities within the sport.
Fast forward to now, the 17-year-old finished up his junior year of high school in 2021-22 with 26 points in 26 games and will play his senior season in Sewell, New Jersey, with the Philadelphia Rebels of the NAHL.
"I got a call a week before the showcase in Blaine and they said (Army West Point) that they were going to watch me ... After they watched me in Blaine I got a call an hour after my last game on Saturday," and from there the defenseman announced his verbal commitment to play D-I for the Black Knights.
Margarit will play the upcoming season with the Rebels, but has hopes to make the Madison Capitols roster of the USHL within the next year or so. The Minnesota resident was selected by the Capitols in the 2021 USHL Futures draft in the sixth round, 89th overall.
The defenseman says that his skating is one of his biggest assets out on the ice. Back in Idaho, Margarit worked with a figure skater who helped him work on his skating in general and on improving skills like agility and lateral movement.
In high school, Margarit scored 46 total points in 72 varsity games over three years and helped out on both the power play and penalty kill. He also played on various Blue Army AAA teams and participated in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League.
Although Margarit has found success at the high school level, being a 17-year-old on a NAHL team brings it's challenges.
"The big thing is to not be too hard on myself, especially because I'm the youngest kid on the team. I'm trying to just make small adjustments and jumps each game."
The earliest that Margarit could hit the ice for the Black Knights would be the 2023-24 season.
When he's not out on the ice, you can find the hockey player out on the golf course, especially when the weather is nice in the summertime.