Wild sign Karpa
The Wenatchee Wild have signed 19-year-old defenseman and Newport Beach, California native, Jakob Karpa. He has one season of junior hockey already under his belt after having spent 29 games with the NAHL’s Chippewa Steel. During his season with the Steel, he picked up two points with a goal and an assist. During the 2019-20 season, he spent time with Victory Honda AAA picking up eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points in 72 games played.
“We’ve had the chance to watch Jakob for a few seasons now, back to his time with the Victory Honda AAA program. He defends tightly and is a good puck mover. There is a lot of maturity and intelligence in his game, and we look forward to having his Junior experience on our blue line this coming year as he works to obtain an NCAA Scholarship,” Mendelson said.
Karpa touched on the a few parts of the BCHL that set it apart from his past experiences.
“I think the BCHL’s a faster, more skilled game and they just kind of make decisions quicker and make plays,” Karpa said.
When it comes to his on ice style of play, Karpa talked about how he’s a solid defenseman who can skate and move the puck well. For community involvement goes, he explained he’s going to be there when opportunities arise to help the community and give back. He touched on how he’s a good person and good kid to be around.
Head coach Chris Clark spoke on signing Karpa for this season.
“Jakob comes to us after a successful year in the NAHL last year. He is a quality skating defenseman who has the ability to shutdown others teams best players. We look forward to working with Jakob and are excited about the experience he will bring to our locker room,” Clark said.
Karpa also talked about his ability to play both sides of the puck if needed.
“I like to think that I’m a pretty solid defenseman first, then if the opportunity’s there, jump in the offense,” Karpa said. “I’ve always thought the game pretty well and my skating is definitely a big asset to be able to move up and down the ice, get into space and create opportunity.”
He also touched on his personal goals for the season.
“I just want to have the best possible season I can and do the best I can,” Karpa said. “To be honest, just play my game consistently and see where it takes us from there.”
Karpa said he’s really excited to get out there and get started.
Wild sign Karpa