Juneau-Douglas High School hockey senior Chris Jacobsen was selected by coaches and media as last weekend’s Crimson Bears’ player of the match.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward was credited by coaches for displaying leadership in the face of adversity.
“He was just a real leader out there this weekend,” JDHS coach Dave McKenna said. “He was a leader by example. He wasn’t backing down from anyone. He was knocking some bodies around and it kind of set the tone for our team.”
The East High School Thunderbirds are one of the strongest teams in the state. They have three junior national team selections that don’t even start. They try to intimidate opponents. Jacobsen would have none of that.
“I have no problem being aggressive,” Jacobsen said. “I love that the game is fast and powerful and that it is still a team sport. You look out for your teammates and you play hard.”
Jacobsen possesses the combination of size, speed, coordination and intelligence that make him fun to watch on the ice. Coaches admire his willingness to work hard and his encouragement towards teammates.
“I like that I can continue to progress,” Jacobsen said. “There is always something new to work on. Like against East we came out the second night hoping to do our best. I don’t think we did the best we could but we definitely progressed from the first night.”
The JDHS hockey program lists fondue as Jacobsen’s favorite food.
“That is because I eat it, like, once a year,” Jacobsen said. “I think steak is more what I like the most and eat the most.”
Other than hockey, Jacobsen thrives on snowboarding. Last season he competed at Anchorage’s Alyeska Ski Resort during the school year as part of the United States Skiing & Snowboarding Association and was the third ranked snowboarder in the state.
“I joined late so I only got to compete in two of the three slope styles,” Jacobsen said. “Hopefully this year I will compete in all three.”
Jacobsen’s favorite class at JDHS is Government, taught by Gary Lehnhart.
After high school, Jacobsen hopes to attend college in Colorado where, when not on the mountain slopes, he hopes to pursue a law degree or a career in criminal justice.
As for professional snow boarding?
“That would be awesome,” Jacobsen laughed. “But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”