‘I WON’T BE THE LAST’

Can­ton’s Jor­dan Green­way first AfricanAmer­i­can hockey player for Team USA

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Dane Mizu­tani

While grow­ing up in up­state New York, Jor­dan Green­way never dreamed he’d break down a cen­tury-old bar­rier by be­com­ing the first African-Amer­i­can to play hockey for Team USA in the Olympics.

“No way,” Green­way told the Pi­o­neer Press in a brief phone in­ter­view from Pyeongchang, South Ko­rea.

“I put on skates for the first time when I was like 3 years old, and I played be­cause it was fun,” he added. “So, the fact that this sport has taken me to all th­ese places, and al­lowed me to cre­ate th­ese mem­o­ries, is some­thing I’ll never take for granted.”

Still, on the verge of mak­ing his­tory at the 2018 Win­ter Olympics, Green­way, 20, ad­mit­ted that it hasn’t com­pletely hit him yet. Maybe it will when the U.S. opens play against Slove­nia on Wed­nes­day at 7:10 a.m. CST.

“I’m very hon­ored to be the first per­son. Hope­fully I’m the first of many. It shouldn’t stop here,” Green­way said. “I hope I can be some­one that kids kind of look up to and want to do the same thing. Hope­fully some­day I can look back and see more African-Amer-

PHOTO BY CLAUS AN­DER­SEN — GETTY IM­AGES

TORONTO,ON - Jor­dan Green­way #12 of Team USA cel­e­brates a goal against Team Canada dur­ing a pre­lim­i­nary round game in the 2017 IIHF World Ju­nior Hockey Cham­pi­onship at the Air Canada Cen­tre on in Toronto, On­tario, Canada. The USA de­feated Canada 3-1.

PHOTO BY TOM PENNINGTON — GETTY IM­AGES

PARK CITY, UT - Ice Hockey player Jor­dan Green­way poses for a por­trait dur­ing the Team USA Me­dia Sum­mit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Win­ter Games on in Park City, Utah.

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