Getting to Know: Jake Hildebrand
Size: 5-foot-11, 183 pounds
Birth Date: June 19, 1993
Hometown: Butler, PA
How the Pens Acquired him: Attended camp on an amateur tryout contract
Next Step: Junior season with Michigan State of the Big Ten
Local Product: Born and raised in nearby Butler, Pa., Hildebrand played amateur hockey for the Pittsburgh Hornets Midget Travel Team. His favorite NHL player is Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
2013-14 Season: Hildebrand started a career-high 32 games, winning nine, as a sophomore with Michigan State. He was named MSU’s Team MVP for the second consecutive season and was a four-time recipient of the Big Ten “Star of the Week” award. On Jan. 17, he equaled his career high by making 48 saves in a shutout against Penn State.
Numbers Never Lie: He has already played in 61 career collegiate games in two years at Michigan State, posting an 18-32-9 record, 2.40 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and four shutouts.
Accomplishments: In 2012-13, he became the second player in school history to win Team MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Hildebrand also received honorable mention All-CCHA Rookie Team member, when he allowed two or fewer goals in 17 of his 28 starts.
Hildebrand’s take on being invited to camp: “Being from Pittsburgh, it’s really exciting to get the invite to come here. Just a lot of support, especially from my friends and family who have been there along the way from the beginning, so they’re really excited
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