Sophomore forward Jordan Smith is having a remarkable season as he looks to lead the men’s ice hockey team to a NJCAA championship.
Smith, a business administration major, has tallied seven goals and six assists in 17 games he has played so far this year.
Smith has traveled the country playing ice hockey for 17 years, starting in Atlanta, G.A. at the age of five. Smith played two years of hockey in high school while he lived in his hometown of Van Wert, Ohio.
After high school, Smith played another year of junior travel league in Brooklyn. After being recruited by a Hudson Valley coach, he visited the college and felt it was a good fit for him.
“I played in Danville, IL for a year and then New Mexico and Oregon for another year,” said Smith.
After Hudson Valley, Smith plans to transfer nearby to home in the Midwest so he can be closer to his family in Ohio.
“So far, the season is going pretty good. The second half of the season is going a lot better, and things are really picking up,” said Smith.
The Vikings picked up a 16-0 victory over SUNY Broome and added a point to the 7-0 shutout against Middlebury JV.
Smith scored two goals and two assists against Broome and added one goal against Middlebury JV.
This year will be the Vikings’ final season with a varsity men’s ice hockey team on the ice.
“It’s definitely kind of an odd feeling knowing that you’re the last ones going through the program, but at the same time, you feel honored being one of the last ones to come through the program,” said Smith.
Smith said the team has already clinched a bid for nationals, and they are currently second in the league. As of their game against Mohawk Valley Community College, the ice hockey team has a record of 7-10-2.
Smith said, “You definitely have to take some initiative and think about what you’re doing. You can’t just blow off your classes, but at the same time, you want to be ready for games and practices. You have to figure out to evenly balance school and hockey.”