— Tyson Jost (@josty_17) August 17, 2015
One of the biggest questions going into the BCHL regular season was where would Tyson Jost end up? We now have our answer. One of the top uncommitted players entering the season, Jost announced via his Twitter account, that he has committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2016-17 season.
Jost, along with teammate (and billet brother) Dante Fabbro, were two of the top NCAA prospects throughout last season and going into this year as well. Fabbro is still uncommitted but has a narrowed down his shortlist of schools that he’s heavily considering and will be going on a few schedule visits in the near future.
Jost, who will Captain the Vees in 2015-16, along with Fabbro won a gold medal just last week at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic. By all accounts both played very well for Canada, Jost scored a hat-trick against the Swiss and finished with four points. Fabbro was pointless but many scouts said he was one of the top defensemen in the tournament.
Jost has had a lot of eyeballs on him since playing Bantam and even last year as a 16-year-old in the BCHL. He didn’t disappoint, as he quickly became one of the Vees go-to players and a leader upfront. He averaged nearly a point per-game centering the Vees top line and that’s with missing 12 games due to Hockey Canada tournaments. Clearly a kid who plays beyond his age and acts like a pro on and off the ice and that was evident in the Vees long playoff run. Jost led the Vees in goals with 10 in the Fred Page Cup playoffs and 18 in all competitions. (Western Canada Cup & RBC Cup).
President, GM & Head Coach Fred Harbinson spoke with the Grand Forks Herald about Jost’s competitiveness,
“He takes a lot of pride, not just in scoring points,” Penticton coach Fred Harbinson said. “He’s hard on himself away from the puck and in our own end. He was able, as a 16-year-old, to play in a lot of different situations that are usually for guys four years older than him. His attitude sets him apart. A lot of guys have the talent and say they want to be players, but his attitude is what drives him and makes him into the elite player that he is.”
For quite awhile, ever since Jost was drafted in the top 10 of the WHL Bantam Draft, the question many were asking in the hockey community was, “Will he or won’t he go to the WHL?” Even though he was named Captain by the Vees earlier in the summer, there were still quite a few who were asking that question. Yesterday’s commitment news should throw cold water on the issue and so should this quote from Tyson,
“We (Dante Fabbro and Jost) really like NCAA, we both think it’s a great route for our path to the NHL. We are the only two players here (non-CHL players) but we hope to make a stride for other players to follow suit. More and more players are coming out of the NCAA and hopefully we can make a little push.”
That was Jost’s answer to a question from a HockeysFutures.com interview he did after winning gold at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. He and Dante Fabbro were the only two CJHL players on Team Canada. For the full interview, CLICK HERE.
Jost will be looking to follow the likes of Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise, TJ Oshie and Travis Zajac. All UND alumni who were first round picks and have gone on to successful NHL careers.