The Trouba family just released a statement through an email from University of Michigan spokesman Rob Tillotson in response to the report from The Michigan Daily that Jacob Trouba received an offer of $200,000 from the Kitchener Rangers to play there next year.
It reads in full:
“There is absolutely no truth or merit to the recent media reports that the Kitchener Rangers have offered Jacob any remuneration. We have the utmost respect for the Kitchener Rangers and those that choose the CHL as an option, but Jacob will be attending the University of Michigan next fall as a student athlete.”
Trouba has said from very early on that his commitment was firm. Doubts began creeping in amid reports he was 50/50 on his decision and then the Daily‘s listing of a $200,000 offer only added fuel to that fire.
The accusations of under-the-table payments in the Canadian Hockey League are nothing new and should be further evaluated in the future, but the statement from the Trouba family should make it a dead issue in this case.
The Winnipeg Jets first-rounder is undoubtedly one of the best recruits in all of college hockey this year and should make an immediate impact at Michigan. It appears this is one recruiting battle that is over, causing Wolverine fans to release one big sigh of relief.