Jr. Kings grad Jackson commits to St. Cloud State

Former Los Angeles Jr. King Robby Jackson has committed to play his NCAA Division I hockey at St. Cloud State University.

“I just loved the campus, the academics, and the coaches,” said Jackson, a forward who played this past season with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL). “The Huskies play in a great league (the National Collegiate Hockey Conference) and their facilities are phenomenal. I’m really looking forward to my time as a student-athlete with St. Cloud State and joining a fantastic hockey program.”

Jackson had a stellar first season in the USHL, appearing in all 60 regular-season games for the Steel and finishing second on the team in scoring with 42 points (28 goals). He was named the league's Rookie of the Year.

He was also second on the team with a plus-16 rating and tied for second in the USHL with six game-winning goals. His 28 goals tied for the sixth-most in the league and also set a USHL Tier I era (2002-present) record for most goals scored by a 16-year-old. Jackson netted 13 of his goals over the final 15 games of the season. 

The Alameda, Calif., native came to the Steel after they selected him in the third round of Phase I during the 2013 USHL Draft. 

Jackson scored a goal in his USHL debut on Sept. 20 - less than a month after his 16th birthday - and then recorded a hat trick on Feb. 22 in a 7-3 win against the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Jackson, who turns 17 in August, is set to return to the USHL this fall with the Steel. He’s eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

“It’s been a big year for Robby and we’re excited he made the decision to continue his hockey playing career at St. Cloud State,” said Steel head coach Scott McConnell. “He’s chosen a great school with an excellent hockey program and a place where Steel alumni have had immense success at in the past. 

“Robby is a wonderful teammate and a special player. We look forward to continuing to help him develop next season so he can step in and contribute right away for the Huskies.”