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Minnesota Moose's Terpstra Commits To Grand Valley State University

By Minnesota Moose Staff, 05/26/22, 10:00AM EDT

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The Minnesota Moose of the USPHL Premier are excited to announce the college advancement of 2001-born forward Jackson Terpstra to Grand Valley State University.

GVSU is an ACHA D1 program playing out of Grand Rapids, Mich. The Moose are excited to see Jackson join teammate Tristan Avoletta to compete at the collegiate level with Grand Valley State University for the next four years.

Jackson Terpstra (Jenison, Mich.) joined the Moose this past 2021-22 after playing for another junior organization. He finished his career with the moose netting five goals and 15 assists for 20 points.

“We know as a staff that going into a season, we have to find the right pieces for on the ice and in the locker room. We knew we got the right piece the day that Jackson walked into Fogerty Arena to start the season," said Moose GM/Head Coach Jon Jonasson. "He was a locker room favorite and showed poise on and off the ice. Jackson showed up ready to work every day for workouts, practices, and games no matter what the task was at hand. He was a huge part of our success in our late season push as he kept pushing everyone else in the locker room. The staff is out now looking for a player with the character that Terpstra has for next season and know he will be next to impossible to replace.”

“This past year coming from a different league to the USPHL Premier to play for the Moose was the best decision I believe I could have made," said Terpstra. "The Moose put everything into my brothers and I so we could go out and battle every day for what we loved. I'll forever be grateful I had the privilege to pull a Moose sweater over my head. Once a Moose Always A Moose.” 

When the Minnesota Moose Junior Hockey Club started in 2017, the goal was to see players move on to the next level of hockey and begin the next chapter of their lives as young men and student athletes. Since the inception of the Minnesota Moose, there have been over 80 players that have gotten the opportunity to play at the next level from NCAA Division I to Tier 2 Junior Hockey.

The goal has always been to move players to the most reputable programs at whatever level suits their needs most. That depends on academics, coaches, campuses, the hockey, the balance of lifestyle etc.. Once a player dawns that Minnesota Moose jersey on Day 1 of training camp, they know that they will be taken care of, have an opportunity to chase a championship and have every door opened as possible to move on to Collegiate hockey (NCAA/ACHA D1) or Tier 2 Junior.

The Minnesota Moose have been one of the top teams in the USPHL Premier and Midwest West for the last five seasons since their inception in 2017, with 80+ advancements, a 186-59-10 overall record since 2017, four trips to the National Tournament and two Division Championships. 

Players interested in playing for the Minnesota Moose next season or beyond can visit the website at www.minnesotamoosehockey.com or reach out to Head Coach and General Manager Jon Jonasson at mnmoosecoach@gmail.com.