Jake Bean, a 23-year-old from Alberta, Canada, has been a fantastic addition to the Blue Jackets so far this season, filling his role as a no-nonsense defenseman and showcasing his ability to score important goals when it counts.
Over the past four years, Bean has been a part of championship teams, winning the 2017-18 World Juniors gold medal with his native Canada and the 2019 Calder Cup in the AHL. Prior to coming to Columbus in a trade this offseason with Carolina, Bean was recognized as part of the AHL All-Rookie team in 2018-19, played in the 2020 AHL All-Star game, and was named AHL's Best Defenseman and an AHL first-team All-Star in 2020.
Bean is an intelligent, multi-dimensional player with some offensive touch, as he earned the most points among defensemen in the 2019-20 AHL season with 48 points in 59 games. Just last week against the Avalanche, Bean scored twice, including the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Jackets a 5-4 win.
Video: CBJ@COL: Bean fires a wrist shot glove side to win it
We caught up with the youngster for this edition of 5 Questions, discussing what Bean would be doing if not playing hockey, living in Columbus, and why he wants to visit Vietnam.
1. What do you do in your free time outside of hockey?
Bean: "I really like to golf. I also try to spend as much time with family and friends as possible. That's about the bulk of it."
2. Are there any sports or other skills that you have tried besides hockey that you aren't good at?
"Yeah, there's plenty of things I'm not good at. You know, I tried playing the violin once and I really, really struggled with that. I tried the best I could, but I just couldn't get it."
3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
"Well, before I knew I was going to play hockey, I wanted to get my law degree. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted to do something with law.
"If I wasn't a professional hockey player right now I would probably still be going to school to pursue a degree."
4. How do you like living in Columbus so far?
"Yeah, it's great! We live in Italian Village so we walk to dinner a couple times a week, just on High Street. There's lots of good restaurants so we like to go there."
What is your favorite restaurant in the Short North area?
"Guild House is really good. I really enjoyed it there."
Have you done anything cool since being in Ohio?
"When my parents came to town we went to the U.S. Air Force museum in Dayton. It's really cool. Yeah, it's amazing."
5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
"I really would like to go to Vietnam. I hope I'm not mistaken, but I think it's really nice there. I've heard it's amazing. I had friends who lived in Malaysia. They've been all around and they said Vietnam is their favorite place.:
That's interesting. I never knew Vietnam was a popular place to travel.
"Yeah, I hope I'm thinking of the right place, because it could be either great or horrible. I think it is Vietnam."