CGS Alum Jordan Greenway Makes Olympic History

in Alumni, News and Events, Students
February 23rd, 2018

Jordan Greenway (CGS’17, CAS’19) helped the Terrier men to a Beanpot Tournament first-round win against Harvard this week, but now he’s in PyeongChang, South Korea, playing for Team USA in Olympic men’s hockey. Photo by Cydney Scott

Jordan Greenway (CGS’17, CAS’19) helped the Terrier men to a Beanpot Tournament first-round win against Harvard before heading to PyeongChang, South Korea, to play for Team USA in Olympic men’s hockey. Photo by Cydney Scott

Boston University Men’s Hockey forward Jordan Greenway (CGS’17, CAS’19), has made Olympic history, becoming the first African-American to compete for a U.S. Hockey team in the Olympics.

After the National Hockey League decided not to send professional players to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Team USA had to select its players from the American Hockey League, European Leagues, and collegiate players. This meant Greenway had a chance to make the team.

Greenway’s dreams became a reality, and he received what he tells CNN to be “the greatest Christmas present I’ve ever gotten.”

By making the team, Greenway not only becomes one of the first college players to compete for the U.S. Hockey team at the Olympics in 30 years, he also becomes the first African-American to play for any U.S. Hockey team. When asked by CNN what this distinction means to him, Greenway said, “I’m the first African American to play hockey for the United States at the Olympics but hopefully I’m the first of many.”

BU Today points out that Greenway will be joined by fellow BU alum  Chris Bourque, John McCarthy (CAS’09), and Matt Gilroy (MET’09) on the U.S. Hockey team.

Unfortunately Team USA lost to the Czech Republic in the Quarterfinals of the Men’s Hockey Tournament but still had an amazing run. In March, the Minnesota Wild signed Greenway to a three-year, entry-level contract for the remainder of the 2017-2018 season. We wish Greenway well in his NHL career. 

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