Up close with the 'explosive' Saint (ONLINE EXCLUSIVE)
For College of St. Scholastica junior Jordan Chong, hockey isn't just a past time; it's a way of life. It's a game he has been playing since a young age and, once college came around, he was ready to move to Duluth all the way from North Vancouve...
For College of St. Scholastica junior Jordan Chong, hockey isn't just a past time; it's a way of life.
It's a game he has been playing since a young age and, once college came around, he was ready to move to Duluth all the way from North Vancouver, British Columbia - a 24-hour car ride.
It's also something that he looks to stay involved with long after his playing days are over.
His classes at Scholastica are helping to prepare him for that.
But, for now, he'll just focus on helping to make an impact on the Saints hockey program this season.
"I want to help our team as much as possible," Chong said.
His strength on defense and power plays will hopefully help the Saints improve on the accomplishments of last season.
"I'm really explosive ... physical, I do whatever it takes," Chong said describing his play on the ice.
Chong is an assistant captain for the Saints this season, and that role is one he takes pride in holding, but said it wouldn't change how hard he works.
"It's a huge honor, as one of the younger guys to get that, it gives me that much more motivation," he said. "But I would lead by example whether I have the 'A' or not."
Teammates have credited Chong's work ethic for helping his leadership roles. His dedication to continuing to improve himself has gone a long way.
While being 24 hours away from home may be hard for some, Chong said it's something he's gotten used to, from having opportunities to talk with friends and family and because the Scholastica and Duluth community are so inviting.
He said teammates and the Saints coaching staff made him feel right at home from day one.
"I'm a people person and I take pride in my relationships with people," Chong said.
But it really is the feeling of the community that is so comforting.
"I love the small community and knowing so many people," Chong said. "I love the close relationships I form with people ... and the hockey."
Chong is studying advertising, public relations and journalism.
"I want to be able to stay with the hockey world. [I could] maybe do PR for a team, play-by-play or do some sort of sports reporting," he said.
When not playing hockey or studying, Chong enjoys writing music, playing guitar and working out. He said he also likes staying connected with people from Vancouver.
"I'm all over the place," Chong said of his music. "I write whatever's on my mind. I write songs that are real."
Since Chong's first season with the Saints, the team has improved dramatically making strong playoff runs and knocking off top-ranked teams.
He credits the coaches for the groups of players that they have recruited and said the Saints are looking to continue their rise to the top in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
While they were picked to finish sixth out of eight, Chong knows that his team is capable of so much more.
"We have to be stronger at home," he said. "We have to be consistent and not get down when things look bad."
The Saints are on the road this weekend to play at St. Mary's and St. Thomas.
They will host their first home game of the season next weekend when they play Augsburg College and Hamline University.
While Chong doesn't know what the future holds for him, there is one thing he is sure of.
"I just want to have no regrets," he said. "I don't want to look back and wish that something was different."