Diploma in hand, Jordan Harris is ready

Jordan Harris spends his summers a bit like most 21-year-olds, at least those who still live with their parents: he does the dishes, does the housework and hands the lawnmower.

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Richard Labbe

Richard Labbe
The press

“This is how I pay the rent!” he explains laughing at the end of the phone. I also cook my own meals…”

So yes, it’s like the daily life of many 21-year-old men, with one small difference: Almost every morning, Harris shows up at a summer hockey camp with other players of his caliber to work on his skills. Then, before dinner and the lawn mower, he practices dribbling pucks outside the family home in Haverhill, a small suburb about 30 minutes from Boston.

He didn’t always know that he wanted to be a professional hockey player one day, but that’s pretty clear.

“It’s funny because I just finished my studies [au baccalauréat en administration], and I wasn’t there to get my diploma because I was at the World Championships in Finland… so I just got my diploma in the mail! My parents are very proud, they always insisted on telling me that school should come first. »

Which is not so easy when you also play hockey. When the young defenseman arrived at Northeastern University in 2018, he realized the puck had become a passion for him. But he never considered dropping out of school.

“You know what that did to me, that?” This made me realize how important organization is. I wanted to continue my studies but when I arrived at Northeastern I also realized that in order to improve many things in my game I had to become a better player. The further I progressed in my journey, the more I understood that this was going to be difficult.

“But I never stopped studying. After hockey, I left the arenas and threw myself into my schoolwork whenever I had the chance: in the back of a car, on a bus, arriving at a hotel… I graduated with a 3.1 GPA. Hockey was taking up more and more of my time, but I always made sure to do my homework. I don’t know if I’ll do another degree later, that’s a good question… Right now I’d like to pursue a career in hockey. »

This little piece of information will no doubt please Canadian leaders, who see this third-round (2018) election as a leading candidate who could patrol the Montreal blue line for many years to come.

“I’m going back to Montreal for training camp and I know it’s going to be a very important camp for me…I got a taste of the NHL last season and just in those 10 games with the Canadians I learned so much: the preparation on video, the talks with the coaches… I didn’t have time to get to know Luke Richardson well who is leaving [devenir l’entraîneur des Blackhawks] in Chicago, but I’m not surprised. He is a coach who trusts his players and in turn trusts his players. I recently read that all the Canadian boys loved him and I can tell you that’s true! »

As he waits to return to Brossard in September, Jordan Harris will continue his little routine in his little corner of the country, where people don’t all recognize him yet (“they’re Bruins fans here”), but maybe that will change one day in the not too distant future.

The young man is very optimistic about the future. His own, but also that of his club.

“I watched the Avalanche play in the Grand Final and they have a bunch of young defenders who move the puck, who think before they play, who skate and use space on the ice. With the young defenders we’re going to have in Montreal, I think we can aim for similar results. I think we can also go this way…”

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