Who is Jordan Greenway? First black U.S. hockey Olympian breaks color barrier at 2018 Games

Jordan Greenway (SN illustration)

For almost one hundred years — predating when Willie O’Ree broke the NHL’s color barrier in 1958 — the USA has despatched groups to the Winter Olympics, however by no means did these rosters embrace an African-American participant.

That is till now.

Jordan Greenway, a 20-yr-previous junior at Boston College, will turn into the primary African-American to compete for USA Hockey at an Olympic event since America began competing within the Games at 1920. Sporting Information spent a number of days in November with Greenway, who shared his story about beating the chances in a predominantly white sport.

“I’ve been capable of accomplish a number of good issues and simply permitting a variety of African-American youngsters who’re youthful than me who see type of what I’m doing, I hope that may be an inspiration for them,” Greenway stated. “Exit and do one thing totally different towards the standard stereotypes that the majority African-People play basketball, or regardless of the case is.”

A 2015 second-spherical decide by the Minnesota Wild, Greenway grew up in Canton, N.Y., earlier than enjoying at Shattuck St. Mary’s, the premier preparatory faculty hockey program in america. He went on to play for america Nationwide Improvement Program earlier than committing to Boston College.

He is a well-known face within the American program, enjoying a starring position on america squad that gained gold at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Greenway is one in every of three NCAA gamers who have been chosen to america’ 2018 Olympic workforce, together with Harvard’s Ryan Donato and Denver’s Troy Terry. This is the primary time since 1994 that novice gamers have been featured on america roster, with the NHL forbidding its personal from attending.

“I didn’t actually anticipate myself to have the ability to accomplish a aim of enjoying within the Olympics this early,” Greenway stated. “However the alternative has introduced itself, and I’m going to take full benefit of it.”