The Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe penned a superb article regarding former Toledo Walleye and Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Jordan Pearce, who has graduated from medical school:
Pearce played parts of four seasons for the Walleye before retiring from professional hockey in 2013. Since then he attended four years of medical school at Wake Forest University before graduating.
One of the most diverse characters in Walleye history, the native of Anchorage, Alaska, comes from a family of rugged outdoorsmen. Pearce also is a certified pilot and devoted family man.
At age 31, Pearce is now about to be in a residency to become an orthopedic surgeon.
“It’s been good,” Pearce said. “The lessons I learned and the experience I gained playing pro hockey have definitely been helpful at medical school. I learned how to handle expectations and how to be a professional.”
Pearce said in Toledo he learned to build trust between himself and his teammates, coaches, and the team’s fans.
“There are pretty close parallels between operating and playing hockey at a high level,” he said. “There are expectations that you will do well and you have to handle that pressure and develop trust.”