Jordan Leopold

USA Hockey

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The Short List

  • 2006 U.S. Olympic Team member
  • Three-time World Championships Team member (2002, 2003, 2005)
  • World Junior Championships Team member (1999, 2000)

Did You Know?

  • Played four years of collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota
  • Led Minnesota to an NCAA National Championship in 2002
  • Two-time first-team All-American
  • 2002 Hobey Baker Award recipient, given to the nation's top collegiate hockey player
  • Selected by the Anaheim Might Ducks as the 44th overall pick in the 1999 NHL entry draft, but did not begin his NHL career until the 2002-03 season
  • Traded to the Calgary Flames, and made his debut with the team during the 2002-03 season
  • Invited to play for the U.S. at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, but an injury during the training camp left him unable to play

It's Every Day
Leopold says that growing up in Golden Valley, MN; he always dreamed of playing professional hockey. "If I wasn't playing hockey with a ball in the driveway, I was down at the park skating with the kids in the neighborhood," says Leopold. "You never had to ask me whether I wanted to play hockey. My dad never had to push me to play, I was always begging my dad to come out and play with me."

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"Everyday [in the NHL] is a special day because I get to do what I love. It's a job now, and there are always people fighting for your job so the pressures are different, but at the end of the day it's still hockey and I still love it. I've got some natural gifts but also you have to work at it and make them better." USA Hockey