‘I WON’T BE THE LAST’
Canton’s Jordan Greenway first AfricanAmerican hockey player for Team USA
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-
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.
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.