The Chilliwack Chiefs have gone back to Michigan for a new recruit, getting a commitment from forward Jake Veri.
Listed at five-foot-eight and 156 pounds, the teenager played for the Detroit Compuware U-18 team last season, putting up three goals and 13 points in 14 games.
A 2018 draft pick of the USHL’s Tri-City Storm, Veri was offered a roster spot by the Chiefs after completing an impressive weekend at the team’s spring camp in May.
The Michigan native is a player that the junior A club has been watching for quite some time thanks to Michigan-area scout
Coffman was one of Veri’s coaches with Compuware last season and was impressed with his dynamic skating, vision and hands.
Veri also played two games for the NAHL’s Lone Star Brahmas.
“Jake’s ability with the puck is pretty special. He is a player that can make something out of nothing, and his willingness to go to hard areas despite his size is one of his greatest qualities,” said Chilliwack head coach and general manager Brian Maloney. “Sean let us know about Jake early in the season, and watching him play we were consistently impressed with how the puck just seems to find him on the ice. He will be a great addition to our forward group this season.”
Veri will report to camp with his new teammates in late August.