By Ross Forman
Jordan Fliegel spends countless hours at North Shore rinks. He is, after all, in his second consecutive season as a goalie for the Glenbrook North JV team. He also is in his second season serving as an assistant coach, this season with the Northbrook Bluehawks Bantam 3 team. And, he is in his third season as an IHOA referee.
“I am very excited (for this) season,” said Fliegel, 16. “We are a pretty young team, but have good chemistry and a lot of good talent, so, with the combination of skill from our younger players and leadership from our older guys, I am very optimistic about achieving our goal of winning (the Scholastic Hockey) League and state (championships).
“(Personally), I want to post good numbers and improve on my consistency; but most important, I want to help lead our team to a state championship. I am a smaller goalie, so I try to be aggressive in the net with my depth and quick with my skating, as well as having good body and hand positioning. I also love to play the puck because it helps get the puck to my team quicker so we can spend less time in our (defensive) zone.”
Fliegel, a junior, lives in Northbrook and previously skated for the Bluehawks. He sports jersey No. 31.
“We had a great run with a lot of talent (last season), but it came to a disappointing end in an overtime loss to Loyola in the state semifinal,” Fliegel said.
Fliegel said officiating helps him as a player “because now I know all the ins and outs of the rules, and I can be smarter when talking to the refs about something.”
He added, “Being a player helps me officiate because I know how the game is supposed to be played, so it helps a lot with my situational awareness as to when/what to call at a certain point in a game. It also helps me connect with the players more.”
Coaching helps, too, he said.
“(Being a coach) helps you realize the coaches’ expectations of a team on and off the ice, and that translates to being a better leader,” he said. “Playing helps me as a coach, too. Giving helpful, constructive criticism so the kids not only know what they are doing wrong, but how to correct it. Being a player while coaching also helps you connect with the kids you are coaching more; they will generally want to listen to you.”
Jordan Fliegel on hockey and more…
Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite NHL Player: Patrick Kane
Favorite Sport (other than hockey): Baseball
Favorite Pro Athlete: Javier Báez
Favorite app: Snapchat
Favorite TV show: The Office
Favorite Movie: The Hangover Part 2
Favorite Pregame Meal: Scrambled Eggs
Best Hockey Advice: “Hard work always beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” – Tim Notke
One Pregame Motivational Song: Centuries by Fall Out Boy
Favorite Sports Movie: Miracle
The 2020 Stanley Cup Winner Will Be: Colorado Avalanche
Best High School Jerseys: Saint Viator
Worst High School Jerseys: Glenbrook South
Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for more than 15 years and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. Contact Ross by email at Rossco814@aol.com.