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An 18-year-old Coppell native is about to fulfill his dream of playing in the NHL.

The Buffalo Sabres selected Colin Jacobs in the fourth round of the NHL draft last month, according to a Dallas Stars report.

Jacobs, a 6-foot-1 and 205-pound center, decided to forgo college after being drafted in 2008 by the Seattle Thunderbirds who are a member of Canada's Junior A Western Hockey League. This past season, he scored 22 goals and 44 points in 68 games with the Thunderbirds — all while he had two dislocated shoulders.

“The fact that he played most of the year with two dislocated shoulders that a lot of people didn’t know about goes to show you the toughness of the kid,” Sabres director of amateur scouting Kevin Devine said.

Jacobs first became interested in hockey when the Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999.

The Buffalo Sabres have already posted his player biography page to the team's website.

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