Keogh Commits To Concordia University Stingers

Jacob Keogh of the Chatham Maroons

Jacob Keogh of the Chatham Maroons – Photo by Helen Heath

Chatham Maroons starting goaltender Jacob Keogh will be taking a step up in the hockey world next season as the netminder has committed to play CIS hockey with the Concordia University Stingers.

“Concordia just seemed like the best fit for me, both in a hockey and a school sense,” said Keogh, who had been conversing with the school for some time, and showcasing his skills to the Montreal based school via game tape.

“Making this step is absolutely surreal,” added Keogh, who will be studying Computer Science with a focus in Video Game Design this coming fall.

“I knew I would be able to play Jr. hockey with my ability but I never thought I would be able to make it past that so I had sort of accepted that I may not be playing hockey next year and just be going to school. The fact that I am able to both go to school and still play hockey is amazing.”

Keogh had a sparkling 2.26 goals against average and 0.918 save percentage in 20 games with the Chatham Maroons in 2013-2014 after being acquired from the Cambridge Winterhawks. The Barrie, Ontario native also spent time with Waterloo and Owen Sound of the GOJHL, and North York of the OJHL over the past two seasons.

For Keogh however, playing with the Maroons this season was an important step in his development.

“Playing for the Maroons this season made what I am going to be doing possible,” says Keogh. “My teammates, the staff, volunteers, fans, and especially my billets: Julie, Brad, Hunter and Braden Twigg, and of course all of the friends and families I met through them, all pushed me to become better, being there for me during both highs and lows. The support was tremendous which allowed me to just focus and have fun. I played some of my best games ever with the Maroons and it’s all thanks to the support I got while in Chatham. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to play out my last year of Junior hockey.”

For Keogh however, Concordia isn’t his ultimate goal, it’s just another step in the ladder.

“As long as my dream to play professional hockey is there I’m going to keep chasing it, and the opportunity I have been presented with allows me to do just that.”

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