Jan. 28, 2013
Chanhassen, Minn., native Jordyn Burns played at Syracuse for one season before transferring back to her home state to play for the Golden Gophers. She played in all 35 of the Orange’s games during her rookie campaign. In high school, Burns earned all-state honors and won four consecutive North Suburban Conference titles with Benilde-St. Margaret’s. This season, she has played in 12 games so far. The sophomore skater took some time to talk about her transition back to Minnesota and her hopes for the season.
Q: Why did you end up deciding to come back to your home state?
A: I went out to Syracuse for a year, and it was an experience. I grew up a lot, but the culture out there was really different, the people (were different). The hockey was a lot different than I’m used to. Coming home, being closer to the family, and playing the hockey that I grew up playing made it an easy decision to come back.
Q: What are some things you learned at Syracuse?
A: I grew up a lot because I was so far away from home. That’s one of the biggest things.
Q: Before you chose Syracuse, were you thinking about coming to Minnesota while you were in high school?
A: I definitely was, but I always wanted to go away. That was always one of my dreams growing up, to go out east, get away, see what it was like to go away. I definitely like that I did that, but coming home has definitely been a lot better. I’m happy that I did that. I wouldn’t take it away, but it’s been great to be back home.
Q: How does it feel to represent the biggest school in your home state on the ice?
A: It’s really great. Coming out with all the fans, all the little girls who really look up to you, it’s really been amazing. Almost every time I step on the ice when I go out for a game, I have a smile on my face.
Q: How did you jell with the team when you transferred?
A: It was hard at first because I’m not that outgoing. But the upperclassmen did a great job of inviting the new people to come out with them, have fun, hang out with them, go see movies. So they made it really easy.
Q: After the Gophers won the championship last year, it had to feel even better to come home.
A: That was just icing on the cake, if you will. It was good because I was excited to be part of such a successful team and was excited for the next season after that, because we had so much to prove. I just couldn’t wait to be a part of the team going for back-to-back championships.
Q: What are you looking forward to the rest of the season?
A: I’m definitely looking forward to gaining more relationships with the girls as well as becoming a better team, and hopefully contributing more to the team.