Bridgedale Grad Jacob Pivonka makes Professional Debut

    Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 5:04 PM

    Posted by Mike McPartlin on Apr 2, 2023 5:04:58 PM

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    Bridgedale grad Jacob Pivonka debuts with Bridgeport IslandersBridgedale grad Jacob Pivonka made his professional hockey debut last night with the Bridgeport Islanders in the American Hockey League (AHL), a 5-2 win over the Providence Bruins.

    Jacob is a left-shooting forward who recently wrapped up a strong graduate season for the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

    Prior to joining the Mavericks, Jacob was a key player for four years at the University of Notre Dame, serving as team captain as a senior during the 2021-22 season. He had played two seasons for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP) before joining Notre Dame.

    Jacob was drafted by the New York Islanders in the fourth round of the NHL's 2018 draft, the 103rd player selected overall, and had been signed recently to an amateur contract with Bridgeport.

    "Jacob was an integral part of our amazing flagship class at Bridgedale in our first school year," said Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin. "He was exceptional academically and exceptional athletically, and he always demonstrated positive leadership qualities. I'm sure it was those same qualities that Notre Dame saw in him in naming him Captain as a senior and that Nebraska-Omaha saw in wanting him as a grad student as well."

    Congratulations to Jacob Pivonka (and his parents Michal and Renata) on his outstanding achievement.

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