Welcome to history, Jordan Greenway.
The New York native and Boston University star is set to become the first African-American player to compete for U.S. hockey at the Olympics, but Greenway isn’t really focused on his legacy. He’s focused on the here and now and how many goals he can score while trying to win a gold medal.
This has been his dream for as long as he can remember and while he’s hoping to serve as an inspiration to others, Greenway still has one very specific goal – winning. Here’s everything you need to know about him:
1. Greenway Is the First African-American Player to Compete for U.S. Hockey at the Olympics
Greenway is doing his best to take it all in stride, but the spotlight ahead of the PyeongChang Olympics is unquestionably bright.
The New York native is set to become the first African-American to compete for the United State’s men’s hockey team in the Olympics and Greenway is enjoying the moment. He told USA Today:
I think it’s great, it’s unbelievable. I don’t think it’s hit me how I think it will later on in my life to be honest with you. I grew up around a predominantly white population and a lot of white people playing (hockey), so I’ve always looked at it as just another kid. I think it’s an honor. I’m very excited about it. I hope I’m the first of many.
Greenway said he hopes to be a role model for other Olympic hopefuls, particularly when he comes to hockey. He told Newsweek: “Hopefully I’m the first of many. Hopefully these kids go out, try something different, play hockey, and hopefully I see a lot more playing in the near future.”
Although this is the first time he’ll be suiting up for the Olympics, PyeongChang isn’t the first time Greenway has donned red, white and blue. He competed with the U.S. in three International Ice Hockey Federation world championships, winning gold with the 2015, U.S. Men’s National Under-18 team and the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team.
2. He Grew Up in Upstate New York, but Played High School Hockey in Minnesota
Greenway grew up less than an hour from the Canadian border in Canton, New York – a less-than-well-known hot bed of hockey. He fine-tuned his game on frozen ponds and local ice rinks, but never played high-school hockey in the area.
In fact, when he was just 14 years old, Greenway and …read more
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