Eventually, he'd win a national championship at the University of Minnesota. Eventually, he'd take home the Hobey Baker Award. Eventually, he'd go on to a long career in the NHL. But before all that, Jordan Leopold was a prep skater at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School.
The Gopher great and current Buffalo Sabres defenseman was on hand Wednesday night for the City of New Hope Ice Arena Renovation Grand Opening Celebration and helped his former team show off it's newly remodeled home (to be fair, Robbinsdale Cooper High School also calls the rink home).
As a prep, Leopold tallied 85 total points (35 goals, 50 assists) in two years with the school before heading to Ann Arbor to skate with the USNDT program. His college career speaks for itself (including being on the ice for quite possibly the greatest goal in school history).
As cool as it was having Leopold in the house for the unveiling and the open skate to break in the new ice, the facility itself stood out alone as the star of the night.
Repeatedly referred to as one of the nicest community rinks in the metro area on Wednesday night, the New Hope Ice Arena recently underwent massive remodeling including replacing two Freon-based ice systems with a shared, state-of-the-art energy-efficient system, a roof replacement and updating of much of the off-ice areas for the facility among other behind-the-scenes upgrades and improvements. The changes will have significant environmental and economical impacts, according to those involved with the project.
Kudos to all involved in the remodeling, make sure to check it out if you're in the area. Also keep your eyes open for some exclusive video content with Leopold coming soon.