David Jacobson will lead the Arizona State Sun Devils into their first division one NCAA foray next season.

David Jacobson will lead the Arizona State Sun Devils into their first division one NCAA foray next season.

Chiefs stopper signs with Sun Devils

Veteran goalie David Jacobson has translated brief success with the Chilliwack Chiefs into an NCAA scholarship at Arizona State.

When David Jacobson arrived in Chilliwack early in 2015, he was looking for an opportunity.

The netminder came to the BCHL looking to play in the playoffs.

A longer run meant more games.

More games meant more chances to catch the eye of an NCAA coach.

The 20 year old goalie held up his end, carrying the Chiefs 12 games into the postseason.

And just before bowing out of the third round, Jacobson achieved his goal.

The California kid signed on with the Arizona State Sun Devils and will play NCAA division one hockey next fall.

His new team is breaking new ground in 2015-16, moving up a level.

ASU has been playing in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), icing a club-level team.

Preparing to move up, the Sun Devils have heavily scouted the BCHL.

In addition to Jacobson, ASU has also signed the Victoria Grizzlies duo of Brett Gruber and Matthew Kennedy, West Kelowna Warrior Jordan Masters, Trail Smoke Eater Jake Zuccarini, Nanaimo Clipper Nick Gushue and Merritt Centennial Jake Clifford.

ASU’s first season will see them ease in with a hybrid schedule of division one and ACHA opponents.

The season after that will see a full division one schedule, with a move to conference affiliation three years out.

Jacobson played 16 regular season games for Chilliwack, winning 10 with a 2.78 goals against average and .909 save percentage.

He posted similar stats in the playoffs, winning eight of 12 post-season matches with a 2.98 GAA and .909 SP.

See bchl.ca