Jacob Trouba

Jacob Ryan Trouba (born February 26, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Trouba was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, ninth overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Trouba played the first six years of his career in Winnipeg before he was traded to the Rangers in 2019.

Jacob Trouba
Trouba with the Winnipeg Jets in 2014
Born (1994-02-26) February 26, 1994
Rochester, Michigan, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Winnipeg Jets
National team  United States
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2012
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 2013present

Playing career


As a youth, Trouba played in the 2007 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Detroit Compuware minor ice hockey team.[1] He later played two seasons with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and at several international tournaments.[2] He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, ninth overall of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

After finishing his junior hockey career, Trouba joined the University of Michigan for the 2012–13 season, where he played in 37 games for the Wolverines in his first season, scoring 12 goals and 17 assists.[3] At the end of the season, Trouba was named a First Team All-American and was also honored as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's (CCHA) Best Offensive Defenseman. He was also named first team All-CCHA and an All-CCHA Rookie.[4] Trouba was also named as the team's Most Valuable Player and Best Defenseman.[4] He was the only freshman on the All-American team as well as being the first freshman in the history of the University of Michigan hockey to be named a First Team All-American.[5] At the conclusion of his freshman campaign, Trouba announced he was leaving the team to begin his professional career with the Jets.[6]


Winnipeg Jets

On October 1, 2013, Trouba played his first career NHL game for the Jets, scoring his first NHL goal against Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers. He also added an assist in the game and was named the game's first star.[7] During his rookie season, 2013–14, Trouba missed over a month of action after he was injured when he fell into the boards during a game against the St. Louis Blues. He remained upbeat in the aftermath of his injury, updating fans on Twitter by saying, "If you were wondering, the boards are not edible. I'll be back soon."[8][9]

On September 23, 2016, Trouba released a statement through his agent stating that he had requested a trade from the Jets.[10] However, on November 7, he agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract extension with the Jets.[11]

Following the Jets' successful 2018 playoffs in which the team reached the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history, Trouba filed for salary arbitration. On July 22, 2018, he was awarded a one-year, $5.5 million extension with the Jets.[12] Trouba finished the 2018–19 regular season with 50 points,[13] and was one of only three defensemen under 25 to score 50 points or more, along with Morgan Rielly and Thomas Chabot.[14]

New York Rangers

Following the 2018–19 season, Trouba and the Jets were once again unable to come to terms on an extension. On June 17, 2019, Trouba was traded by the Jets to the New York Rangers in exchange for Neal Pionk and Winnipeg's own first round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, which had been previously acquired by the Rangers in exchange for the Jets receiving Kevin Hayes.[15] On July 19, as a restricted free agent, Trouba agreed before his arbitration hearing to a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Rangers, worth an average annual value of $8 million.[16]

Trouba scored his first goal for the Rangers, as well as two assists, during the 2019–20 season opener on October 3 against his former team, the Winnipeg Jets.[17] Trouba tied a career-high in points,[18] and he became the first defenseman to register three points in a Rangers debut.[19]

International play

Medal record
Ice hockey
Ice Hockey World Championships
2013 Sweden/Finland
World Junior Championships
2013 Ufa
World U18 Championships
2011 Germany
2012 Czech Republic
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
2010 Canada

Trouba spent much of his amateur career playing for the U.S. National Team Development Program in the USHL and at several international tournaments. He represented his country at two World Under-18 Championships, one World Junior Championships and at one World Senior Championship.[2] In 2011 and 2012, Trouba captured gold medals with the U.S. at the World Under-18 Championships.[20]

Trouba was the youngest player on the American team at the 2012 World Junior Championship.[21] In 2013, he represented the United States at both the junior and senior levels, capturing gold and bronze medals, respectively.[20] At the World Junior Championship in 2013, Trouba was named the tournament's top defenseman and earned a spot on the All-Star Team.[20]


Trouba's father John is a marketing executive,[22] and his mother Kristy Trouba is in the medical billing field. Trouba grew up in the Rochester, Michigan, area and attended Rochester Community schools before moving during high school to pursue his hockey career in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the U.S. National Team Development Program.

In 2018, he became engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Kelly Tyson.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pt PIM
2012–13University of MichiganCCHA3712172988
2013–14Winnipeg JetsNHL6510192943
2014–15Winnipeg JetsNHL65715224640222
2015–16Winnipeg JetsNHL816152162
2016–17Winnipeg JetsNHL608253354
2017–18Winnipeg JetsNHL5532124341721317
2018–19Winnipeg JetsNHL82842505860114
NHL totals 408 42 137 179 297 27 2 4 6 23


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States U17 5 2 7 9 10
2011 United States WJC18 6 1 0 1 0
2012 United States WJC18 6 1 2 3 8
2012 United States WJC 7th 6 0 2 2 0
2013 United States WJC 7 4 5 9 10
2013 United States WC 7 1 2 3 2
2014 United States WC 6th 4 2 1 3 8
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 2 0 0 0 0
2017 United States WC 5th 8 1 2 3 2
Junior totals 30 8 16 24 28
Senior totals 21 4 5 9 12

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-Star Game 2011–12 [23]
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2012–13 [23]
All-CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman 2012–13 [23]
All-CCHA First Team 2012–13 [23]
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2012–13 [23]
CCHA All-Tournament Team 2013
Ice Hockey World Junior Championships Top 3 Player on Team 2013 [23]
Ice Hockey World Junior Championships All-Star Team 2013 [23]
Ice Hockey World Junior Championships Best Defenseman 2013 [23]


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  2. "Jacob Trouba, Jets". National Hockey League. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  3. "Jacob Trouba". University of Michigan. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  4. "Jacob Trouba Bio". University of Michigan. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  5. "Trouba Selected as a First Team All American". University of Michigan. April 12, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  6. Cunningham, Pete (April 2, 2013). "It's official: Jacob Trouba Leaving Michigan for NHL's Winnipeg Jets". The Ann Arbor News. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  7. Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers boxscore
  8. "Jacob Trouba, Jets - Notes". National Hockey League. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  9. "jacob Trouba placed on injured reserve". National Hockey League. October 19, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  10. "Jacob Trouba requests trade from Winnipeg Jets - Sportsnet.ca". Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  11. "Jets, Trouba agree to two-year $6m contract". The Sports Network. November 7, 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  12. "Jets' Jacob Trouba awarded 1-year, $5.5M contract by arbitrator". ESPN. July 22, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  13. "Jacob Trouba Game-by-Game Stats". ESPN. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  14. Obernauer, Michael (October 5, 2019). "Game Day: Georgie Jumps In as Rangers Hit the Road". National Hockey League. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  15. "Jacob Trouba traded to Rangers by Jets". National Hockey League. June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  16. "Rangers agree to terms with Jacob Trouba". New York Rangers. July 19, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  17. "Rangers win high-scoring opener vs. Jets". Reuters. October 3, 2019. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  18. @NYRStatsInfo (October 3, 2019). "Mika Zibanejad and Jacob Trouba have each recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight's game. Trouba has tied a single-game career-high in points. #NYR" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  19. Obernauer, Michael (October 5, 2019). "Game Day: Georgie Jumps In as Rangers Hit the Road". National Hockey League. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  20. Podnieks, Andrew (ed.). IIHF Guide & Record Book 2014. Toronto: Fenn/McLelland & Stewart. p. 411.
  21. "Trouba, Jacob". National Hockey League. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  22. http://www.johntrouba.us/
  23. "Jacob Trouba Player Profile". Elite Prospects. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mark Scheifele
Winnipeg Jets first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Josh Morrissey
Preceded by
Torey Krug
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
Succeeded by
Award Discontinued
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