20 Questions with Jordan Cownie

Q. How are you enjoying being back in Dundee?

A. It’s been really good so far, being back at home is nice and I feel I’m settling back in well.

Q. How does it compare to other places you lived?

A. Home will always be different from other places as it’s where all my friends and family are so it’s good to have that core support around me.

Q. What’s the best part about living in Dundee?

A. Being able to come home to my own bed every night.

Q. What made you want to return to the Stars?

A. Dundee seemed a good spot for me being at home and I know I’d get a good chance to showcase what I’m about.

Q. Do you have a second career off the ice and how easy is it to manage both?

A. Not at the moment hockey is what I’m concentrating on at this moment in time.

Q. What is your favourite moment with the Stars so far?

A. Saturday’s game against Manchester was fun, but beating Milton Keynes that was probably my favourite moment playing against some of my good friends and my old team.

Q. Who/what made you want to play hockey?

A. Me and my dad checked out the rink the day it opened in 2000 I think and it just escalated from there.

Q. What is your pre-game meal and rituals?

A. Pre game meal will usually be rice or pasta, with chicken and veg. Rituals, nothing major just relax and try to prepare my body for the game ahead.

Q. What’s the weirdest pre-game ritual you’ve seen?

A. Probably what all the guys have said seeing Emerson taking all his gear off after periods that’s not one you see every day.

Q. What do you do to drive yourself to get better every day/season?

A. I always want to enjoy playing hockey so when I’m enjoying it I’m pushing myself harder to get better.

Q. Who is the best player you have played with?

A. I’d have to say Blaz Emersic my centre man at Milton Keynes, for the last 3/4 seasons. I learned so much about the game watching and playing with this guy. The complete player.

Q. What was it like to win the EPIHL cup and playoffs with Milton Keynes?

A. We had a great year last season winning two trophies it was an amazing feeling after a long season picking up some silverware. Memories that will last forever.

Q. What was it like to represent GB at U18 and U20 level at the World Junior Championships?

A. It’s a huge honour to represent your country in whatever you do but to win a gold medal at U20 that was up there with the best feelings ever.

Q. How does the Elite League compare with other leagues?

A. I can’t really say as I’ve only played in the UK but it does seem to be getting each year which is great for the sport in this country.

Q. How do you deal with the long travel journeys?

A. That’s probably something I’ve found most difficult in stepping up a league. The travel is super long. I usually just lay on the floor and try to sleep through the journey. But believe me it’s not easy.

Q. What is your favourite arena/city to play away in?

A. I spent a little time in Nottingham when I was younger and loved that arena so would have to say there.

Q. What NHL team did you grow up supporting?

A. I always liked the Capitals. Watching Ovechkin and Backstrom, but not real support I just liked watching the good teams play.

Q. What’s your favourite moment from your career?

A. The gold medal at U20 and the Playoffs last season at Milton Keynes.

Q. Where do you want to be in 10 years?

A. Haven’t really thought about that, but if I’m still playing hockey and enjoying it with good people around me I won’t be doing too badly.

Q. What’s the best thing about the Dundee Stars fans?

A. You guys are loud night in night out and the passion you guys show really does help the guys so keep up the support! 🙌