AOTW: Brandon Gordon, freshman ice hockey player

The Beacon: Male Athlete of the Week Jan. 25 – Feb. 1 Why Brandon Gordon was selected: Gordon made 20 saves in a 1-0 victory over Chatham. He also stopped all 11 shots in Wilkes’ 4-0 victory against King’s, earning him his 12th win and third shutout.


Kirsten Peters

Brandon Gordon, freshman ice hockey player

Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor

Name: Brandon Gordon

Year: Freshman

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Sault Sainte Marie, MI

High School: Sault Area HS

Position: Goalie

Driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

After learning that the hockey program would be brand new, I knew that would be an awesome opportunity to build something special. Also, I always wanted to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. To play the sport that I love and get an education has always been a goal of mine.

Post-graduation plans in terms of a career?

I haven’t thought that far ahead too much in terms of my plans for after graduation, except maybe a career close to home. I do want to pursue internships in the summers to get a feel for where a mechanical engineering degree can take me in life.

When/Why did you first begin playing?

I first put on a pair of skates when I was three and started playing goalie when I was about seven or eight.  My dad was the one who introduced me to the game of hockey, and it has been my life ever since.

Hopes for this season as a Colonel?

My hopes for this hockey season is for our team to have continued success and make playoffs. I believe we have opened a lot of people’s eyes on our success so far.

Favorite thing to do during practice?

Situation drills, such as the penalty kill, line rushes, goalie specific drills and breakaways.

Favorite building on campus?

I spend most of my time at the library because I like how that quite environment motivates me to get my work and studying done.

Favorite professor?

As of now my favorite professor is Dr. Kuhar.  I love his intelligence and the energy he brings to class every day.

Other interests or hobbies off of the field?

Hunting, boating, snowmobiling, training and enjoying time with friends and family.

Favorite meal to eat on campus?

Southwest chicken wrap with a chocolate milk.

Most influential person in your life?

My dad. He has always been my biggest supporter in hockey and in other aspects of my life. I try my best in school and on the rink with him in mind every day.

If you could have dinner with a famous person from the past, who would it be?

Franklin D. Roosevelt. I would love to pick his brain on how he managed to get the U.S. through World War 2 and the Great Depression.  In my opinion, he is one of our greatest presidents, especially at a period where the world was at a tipping point.

A quote you live your life by?

“It ain’t about how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take and keep moving forward.  That is how winning is done.” – Rocky

What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?

“Be Colonel” means doing what is right in the classroom and at the rink. It means being respectful to those around me and trying my best every day.

Anyone to give a shout-out to?

My friends and family back home.

-Compiled by Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor