With the help of a postgraduate year at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, the hockey dream continues for Jordan Blais ’23.
A few weeks after helping the Titans navigate a successful first year on the varsity level, Jordan signed a contract with the Vermont Lumberjacks of the Eastern Hockey League.
Jordan, who served as captain for the 2022-23 WMA season, will complete his school year at the Academy and report to the Lumberjacks in late August. The EHL, a professional minor league entity, prepares high school and college-aged players for the college or professional level.
Quotes from Jordan
-On how a postgraduate year at WMA helped him advance his hockey career: “My experience at WMA has been great. I had two coaches who took a chance on me, and I was given a platform here to succeed. Coach (TJ) Syner and (Barry) Almeida pushed me to be the best I could. As a first-year program, we were thrown into uncomfortable situations, but in reality, that's the only way you grow so I took this as an opportunity. I am excited to see how the team flourishes, and it was an honor to be a part of the foundation of this program.”
-On signing with Vermont of the EHL: “It is an amazing feeling. It was a tough choice. I was fortunate to have several great opportunities to choose from, but when I visited Burlington I
fell in love with the area. It is beautiful up there, right on the coast of Lake Champlain. If you had asked me four years ago where I saw myself today, I probably would never have guessed I was still playing hockey. I’m very thankful for how supportive my family is. They have enabled me to do what I love. I owe a lot to my mom and dad. Their efforts have made this possible for me.”
-On the importance of his hockey mentors (Gordon Perkins, Jake King, Duane Adams and new WMA Girls Hockey Coach Pat Tabb): “I could go into detail about every aspect of my career, but I think the moral is that effort, attitude and stepping outside of your comfort zone are the keys to achieving that dream you have. You don’t have to follow the norm, and all it takes is one person to believe in you - one opportunity and that is your moment to seize.”