03/21/2016 12:43 PM
Photo By: John Warren / Brampton Beast
There are some feelings in life that no one ever forgets. Magical moments like your first car or your first love are what exemplify some of those times. For Jordan Ruby, the moment that he will always remember is making a home for himself in the blue paint. A native of Tavistock, Ontario – a small town located between Woodstock and Stratford – Ruby spent his childhood running around his family’s 150-acre farm and enjoying the great outdoors.
From the tender age of three, Ruby laced up his skates and found himself on the ice during public skates with his dad. At five, the netminder began his hockey career as a member of Timbits Hockey and worked his way up to the ‘AAA’ ranks.
Although his first experience as a goaltender was experimental, Ruby had always had an interest in strapping on the pads and flashing the leather.
“I think goalies probably have the coolest gear and everyone wants to try it,” said Ruby.
“Wearing the glove and wanting to make glove saves is exciting. There was a team where they needed two goalies to volunteer and I said ‘I want to try it.’”
And that first glove save: Ruby scooped the puck off the ice, placed it in his glove and proudly lifted his hand in the air. From then on, the 25-year-old knew he had found that his passion was truly between the pipes.
As a child, Ruby enjoyed watching the Colorado Avalanche and grew up idolizing Patrick Roy. His supportive parents allowed Ruby to stay up and watch Roy and the Avalanche in action.
“Their games (the Avalanche) were always on around 10:30 PM, so my deal with my parents was, after dinner, I’d fall asleep for 2 hours and they would wake me up and I would watch a few periods of the game,” chuckled Ruby. “It just goes to show how invested they were in me.”
Their unwavering support in the young goaltender gave him the stepping stones he needed to fulfill his dreams. In 2009-10, Ruby made his debut in the OJHL with the Wellington Dukes. In the following season, Ruby was named playoff MVP and the team would go on to win the championship. In 20 postseason games, Ruby posted an impressive 1.71 GAA and .946 SV%.
Ruby models his state of mind in the crease after Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender, Carey Price. He also explains his goaltending style is a combination of Price, Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick.
“I do feel like I’m calm, cool and collected. I’m not very much of an emotional goalie so I won’t get heated up or anything like that. I don’t get too high or too low,” explained Ruby. “They’re all kind of a mixture on the pendulum of a goalie style so I would describe my style as butterfly-hybrid.”
After finishing up in the OJHL, Ruby found himself in the NCAA at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. Ruby started the 2015-16 season in the SPHL and joined the Brampton Beast in January of 2016 and hasn’t looked back. To date, Ruby has played in 12 games for the Beast and has totaled a 3.41 GAA and .895 SV%.
Ruby stands out among Beast players for reasons beyond his stellar on-ice performance. If you were to visit Ruby’s bio on his Twitter account @rublinwall, you will notice he identifies as a Christian and has a strong connection to his faith.
In a profession where many individuals are motivated by a number of other external factors, like money, fame and notoriety, Ruby doesn’t hide the fact that he is committed to his beliefs and that’s what drives him to be the best person he can be, both on and off the ice.
“I hope to get to the next level, I hope to be in the NHL sometime and when you put all this hard work in and with all that hope it’s not wasted,” Ruby explained.
“What I love about having faith is that we can put all this hope into something, and know at the end of the day that we will get to enjoy our accomplishments, so nothing is wasted.”
In the crease, Ruby has been driven by the support of his parents, the love of his religion, and his passion for playing in net. His optimistic outlook on life and collected state of mind are crucial when it comes to being the last line of defense.
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