Jordan King is shown in this 2013 photo. — Star file photo
When a lot of his friends were soaking up the summer sun, Jordan King was punching long hours in the gym to improve his stock as a major junior hockey prospect.
It appears his daily visits to the gym and working with trainer and former Western Kings coach Ben Fitzgerald over the summer have paid dividends.
King, a former star with the Western Kings major midget hockey franchise, learned a week ago that he cracked the roster of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
King earned his spot after spending three weeks at the Mooseheads training camp. Being given a chance to play hockey at the next level is something King has been working towards since he started tearing up the provincial major midget hockey league with the Kings.
He was pretty pumped up about the next chapter of his hockey career when he spoke about the good news from Dartmouth, N.S., Tuesday afternoon.
“Been waiting for this for a really long time and this is where I want to be, so I did whatever I could to be prepared for this opportunity,” King said.
King was a dominant force flying down the right wing for the Kings last year, finishing as the team’s top scorer with 47 points in 24 games in the regular season. His knack around the net put him in a tie for top spot in league scoring with Jordan Maher of the Central Ice Pak, but Maher was awarded the scoring title based on scoring more goals than King.
King will turn 17 on Sept. 25 and will attend Prince Andrew High School in nearby Dartmouth. He believes he has matured since last season where he took on a leadership role with the Kings, who were bounced out of the final by the Central Ice Pak.
The Ice Pak were led by captain Josh Fitzgerald, who just happens to be the only Newfoundlander expected to wear a Mooseheads jersey this winter.
King plans on working hard with a goal of being a full-time player sooner rather than later.
“Oh yeah, I’m ready for it.”