Jacob Doty of the Seattle Thunderbirds has accepted a National Hockey League Amateur Tryout invitation from the Florida Panthers. Doty received word immediately after the NHL Entry Draft the Panthers wanted him to come to their NHL Camp in Florida in September of this year. Doty considered his options and accepted the invitation.“Florida’s interest was prior to the Draft and continued undiminished after the Draft which was a big factor in making the decision to accept the Florida invitation,” said Turning Point Sports Management Executive Director Carlos Sosa. “It is a great opportunity for Jake to be in a NHL environment with pros and amateurs and for him to be able to compete against players of exceptional caliber can only help to make his game better.”
Doty, who just turned 18 on June 19th, made the jump from the NORPAC'sYellowstone Quake to the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League where he played 70 games in his rookie season scoring 4 goals and adding 3 assists. Doty was second in the WHL in fighting majors with 25, and tallied 176 penalty minutes throughout the season. The 6’3” 207 pound right winger is working on his skills to enhance the aspects of his game to go along with his undeniable toughness.