June 24, 2014

Former Quinnipiac Women’s Ice Hockey Standout Jordan Elkins Comes Full Circle With GRIT

HAMDEN, Conn. – Former Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey standout and Wasilla High School graduate Jordan Elkins was recently featured on KTUU-TV Alaska for her efforts in coaching a girls' youth hockey camp in her home state of Alaska.

Now working for the Dallas Stars, Elkins' love for hockey and Alaska has led her to return for the summer to coach a girls' hockey camp. Elkins calls the camp "GRIT", an acronym for Game Ready Intensive Training which aims to instill mental fortitude to gain a competitive advantage on the ice. The camp takes place on the same sheet that Elkins began her playing career on several years ago.

"I've always wanted to come back here to Alaska back to the place where I began playing," said Elkins in the interview. "I'm coaching in the same arena where I learned to skate; it really doesn't get any better than that."

Elkins, now a youth hockey coach for the U14 and U16 girls' teams, is in her third year with the Dallas Stars. Prior to her coaching career, she played four years for the Bobcats where she earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. While at Quinnipiac, Elkins led the team to three consecutive ECAC playoffs while serving as a two-year captain her junior and senior seasons. She was All-American Academic and a 2012 ECAC Nominee for the Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award.

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