The LA Kings selected defenseman Jordan Spence with the 95th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Spence has had a more unusual introduction to the game of hockey. He was born in Sydney Australia, but moved to Osaka, Japan, where he first learned to play hockey at the age of five thanks to his Canadian dad.
When he was 13, he and his family moved back to Canada, where he entered the minor hockey system and continued to develop his game.
Spence has played a key role on the blue line for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He earned the QMJHL Rookie of the Year award this past season after ranking first among rookie defensemen.
Spence describes himself as an offensive defenseman, and names Torey Krug, another smaller two-way defenseman, as one of his role models. "I like to jump up into the play when it's there and just try to create anything that can happen in the offensive zone and try to score," he said.
Spence is exceptional transitioning through zones to create breakouts and scoring opportunities through his poise, quick passing and sound decision making. Though he may be small, Spence has incredible edgework and is impressive when accelerating and turning on the puck.
"I don't think size matters in the game now. Obviously there's bigger guys, but I think it's changing to speed and skill and that's what I bring to the table, so that's what I'm hoping to bring to development camp and rookie camp," Spence said.
Video: Kings draft D Jordan Spence No. 95
The Fast Facts:
Birthday: February 24, 2001
Height and weight: 5'10" and 177 pounds
Hometown: Manly, Australia (Grew up in Japan and Canada)
Favorite hockey memory: Playing in Sweden for Team Canada
Most looking forward to about being in LA: Meeting Drew Doughty
Favorite artist/song: Travis Scott
People might be surprised to learn that you: Speak three languages (English, Japanese and French)
Person you admire most: My dad
Favorite Kings player: Drew Doughty
Favorite podcast: Spittin' Chiclets
Last meal would be: Sushi
Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy Season 12
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Most used emoji: 🔥
Biggest pet peeve: Loud chewing gum
Biggest obsession: Golf
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