Feb. 4, 2014
Looking at the UConn men’s ice hockey regular season in perspective, senior assistant captain Jordan Sims has definitely stood out as one of UConn’s most valuable players on the ice. Sims is currently closing in on his 100th career point—and will soon join fellow senior Brant Harris who recently netted 100 points in his four years as a Husky. This would make Sims the seventh player on the Division I level to accomplish this feat from 1998 to the present. Sims also leads the team in scoring this season having scored 18 points thus far.
When asked about his feelings on closing in on such a prestigious milestone in his career, Sims feels that there are more important things to focus on: “I haven't really thought about it that much, I have been focusing on each game and trying to help the team win any way I can.”
Sims’ hard working attitude was definitely a factor in his success; but, being skilled at hockey is also ingrained in his blood. Jordan’s father, Al Sims, has a long history playing (Boston Bruins, Hartford Whalers, Los Angeles Kings) and coaching in the NHL (HC - San Jose Sharks; AC – Anaheim Ducks). Sims However, Sims doesn’t consider himself to have had more of a leg-up on his fellow hockey players growing up—regardless of his father’s experience and knowledge.
“It was actually hard growing up with my dad being a professional hockey coach because I moved around a lot. I believe it is more of an advantage to grow up playing hockey in the same town your whole life than it is to switch teams every two to three years. I felt very fortunate to have my dad around to show me how to play the game, but I don't ever remember getting any special treatment because of who my dad was.”
Not only does this season mark a significant milestone for Sims, but for the team as well. Next year, the team will be moving to Hockey East making this season the team’s final run in the Atlantic Hockey Association. The Huskies are currently in third place in the standings, which serves as a beacon of hope for the chance to make it to the conference championship. This may seem like a high-pressure situation to an outsider, but Sims has no such thoughts.
“We always talk about how it is going to take more than just one person to win a championship. Our team is very balanced scoring wise, so I don't feel much pressure at all.”
Sims is determined to keep the team on track by making sure they take it one step at a time on their road to the postseason. Their next game will be this weekend when the Huskies will take on Bentley in a pivotal home-and-home AHA series. Friday night’s game will be in Storrs at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum at 7:05 p.m.
“We are going to continue to take each game one at a time and not look too far ahead. The coaches have always told us to focus on the process and the results will take care of themselves. I strongly believe that is what we will need to do to be successful.”