–by AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: Jan 18, 2021
Gordi Myer has joined the ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits. He had signed to play hockey with the Toledo Walleye last September; but the Toledo season has been cancelled. Myer was granted free agent status by the league as he signed in the off season.
Accomplishing his dream to play professional hockey has been quite a journey for the young Sylvania native and not without a lot of hard work and sacrifice. He moved from home at 16 to play in Cleveland and later for junior teams in Wisconsin and Nebraska.
Those experiences and the skills he acquired led to his making The Ohio State University hockey team where he was named team captain. He also earned the Best Defensive Player title his senior year.
Being able to play at Ohio State is one of Myer’s high points. “There are not too many Ohio natives that get to play on the hockey team there, so it was just a very special opportunity for me. I didn’t play at Northview when I was in high school, and they had great success. I kind of felt left out at times because those kids got a chance to play for their school and in front of their friends. Being able to play for Ohio State in front of my friends and family definitely made up for that. Getting to play for your school was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to play college hockey. I have so much love and passion for that university and can’t thank them enough for all that they have done for me,” Myer said.
He also credits many others for his hockey success. “I’ve been lucky to have some pretty incredible coaches since I was a little kid. I can’t really name them all, but I just think they taught Sylvania students to be mentally strong, have a great work ethic, and other intangible things like those, which are just so much more important than hockey.”
Myer admits to growing up as a Detroit Red Wings fan and following the career of Nick Lindstrom. “I was a huge fan. He was a great defenseman and a first class individual,”
From a player’s perspective, Myer’s advice to young players is that they have to be committed. “You just really have to love the game to go far. It can’t be your parents who want it for you. You really have to eat, sleep and breathe hockey. When I was young I played street hockey in my driveway literally everyday. I was a rink rat at Tamo. And don’t be afraid to follow your own path,” he advised.
Myer started playing hockey when he was quite young. “My older brother played hockey so I think naturally I just got signed up when I was three to start playing. My brother and I would play all day together, whether it was mini hockey in the house or street hockey in the driveway. It was just hockey 24/7,” he recalled.