The bright lights of the big city proved irresistible for Prince George Spruce Kings goalie Jordan Fairlie.
He announced Wednesday he will continue his hockey career next season playing in U Sports for the University of Toronto Blues.
“When making my final decision about which school to go to, U of T ticked all of the boxes I was looking for,” said Fairlie. “For me personally, schooling is very important and I'm glad to be going to one of the top academic schools in Canada because the quality of education will be unlike any other university. I've heard nothing but good things about their program, facilities, and coaching staff. I also think living in the big city and getting tons of new experiences will definitely be really cool.
The 20-year-old native of Fort St. John is coming off an all-star season with the Spruce Kings. In 41 games he posted a 2.96 goals-against average and .891 save per centage with three shutouts. He went 20-14-4 in his final junior season and totalled 32 wins over three seasons which left him tied for second on the all-time Kings’ goalie wins list with Logan Neaton and Brandon Highton.
He’s enrolled in the life sciences program and plans to major in psychology. He’ll be joining a Blues team that includes former Spruce Kings Jett Alexander, now heading into his third season with Toronto.
“They reached out to me last season and showed a lot of interest right away,” said the six-foot-two, 175-pound Fairlie. “It's nice to know that you're going somewhere that wants you just as badly as you want to be there.”