Jordan Subban, a Vancouver prospect known more for his defensive prowess than highlight reel goals, brought judges to their feet with an absurd shootout goal Tuesday at the BioSteel Camp in Toronto.
The 19-year-old, whom the Canucks drafted 115th overall in 2013, went up against brother Malcolm Subban, a goaltending prospect with the Boston Bruins, in a shootout competition to end practice. To calm nerves, Jordan used his first shot attempt to swing for the fences – literally.
“Everyone was nervous, so I wanted to do something to ease everyone,” said Jordan. “I asked Nick Paul [Ottawa Senators prospect] if he could toss me an alley-oop pass, while I spun and tried to knock the puck out of the air.”
In the words of Yoda, “Do…or do not. There is no try.”
Jordan nailed it and made it look easy.
“That was the first time I tried it, we just made it up as we went along,” said Jordan. "We were told to have fun and do something silly, like the NBA dunk contest, so I guess that was my inspiration.”
As for Malcolm, who was a deer in headlights between the pipes for the shot, “he just complained about it being a high-stick.”
There’s more to Jordan Subban than meets the eye; watch him live at the 2014 Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC, beginning Friday, September 12th.