Jake Kupsky


Waukesha Wisconsin

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7th round (193rd overall), 2015


209 lbs.

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2010-11: Jake Kupsky played in nine games for Waukesha High School in Wisconsin as a freshman as a backup to senior David Nelson. He was 4-5 with a 4.02 goals against and .879 save percentage. The Wings reached the Section 7 quarterfinals, falling 5-2 to Catholic Memorial/Pius XI. 

2011-12: Kupsky appeared in 11 games for Waukesha in his sophomore season as three goalies saw action for the Wings. He was 8-2 with 2 shutouts and had a 1.55 goals against and .949 save percentage in 10 regular season games. Kupsky started Waukesha’s Section 7 playoff game against Stoughton, stopping 29 of 31 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Vikings. 

2012-13: Kupsky started 23 of 24 regular season games and all three playoff contests for Waukesha as a junior. He was 16-6-1 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.28 goals against and .918 save percentage. Waukesha was 17-6-1 in the regular season, finishing third in the Classic Eight Conference. The Wings defeated Greendale and Marquette to reach the Section 7 finals before falling 4-3 to Whitefish Bay. Kupsky was 2-1 with a 1-0 shutout in the win against Marquette. He had a 1.94 goals against and .947 save percentage in three playoff games. 

2013-14: Kupsky was one of the top goalies in Wisconsin high school hockey as a senior, leading Waukesha to its second straight Section 7 final. He was 17-4-1 with 8 shutouts and had a 1.60 goals against and .944 save percentage in 22 regular season games. The Wings shutout their first two opponents in the Section 7 tournament by a combined 18-0 before falling 3-1 to Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc in the championship game. Kupsky finished 2-1 with a 1.00 goals against and .962 save percentage, including a 37-save effort against KM/M/O in tournament play. 

2014-15: Kupsky skated for the Lone Star Brahmas, combining with T.J. Black to form one of the top goaltending duos in the North American Hockey League. Kupsky was 19-4-4 in 30 regular season games with 2 shutouts and a 2.16 goals against and .911 save percentage. The Brahmas finished first in the South Division, advancing to the playoff semifinals. Kupsky was 6-3 in nine playoff games with a 1.86 goals against and .930 save percentage. He committed to playing college hockey at Union College in 2015-16 in November 2014. In his second year of draft eligibility, Kupsky was not among the 30 North American goalies in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by San Jose in the seventh round (193rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 


Kupsky will be a freshman at Union College in 2015-16. With two-year starter Colin Stevens having graduated, he will vie with junior Alex Sakellaropoulos and fell freshman Joe Young for the Dutchmen starting job. He is still a long-range prospect in terms of his NHL potential at this point. His size and technical skills suggest a significant upside.

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