Knox, a fourth-year forward with the UPEI Panthers, is the 2012-13 Atlantic conference recipient of the Godfrey Award, and is nominated for the prestigious Dr. Randy Gregg Award.
The Godfrey Award, named after Dr. Bill Godfrey, is given annually to the player who best represents the spirit of intercollegiate hockey by his leadership, both on and off the ice, and by his conduct throughout the season.
“Jordan exemplifies exactly what the spirit of this award represents,” said UPEI head coach Forbes MacPherson. “Jordan is the epitome of outstanding AUS (Atlantic University Sport) achievement in hockey, academics and community involvement.
“Jordan ‘gets it’ and he is a model student-athlete. He is a leader in our program, is becoming a young strong leader of our community and is a tremendous nominee for the Dr. Randy Gregg Award.”
Knox has been an Academic All-Canadian in each of the four seasons he has played in the AUS Men’s Hockey Conference. Having already graduated with bachelor’s degree in business, with a major in accounting, Knox is currently working towards his honours in business.
Knox finished 16th in AUS scoring this season with nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points in 28 regular-season games. His totals included four power-play goals, one short-handed marker and a game-winner. In four seasons with the Panthers, he has collected 33 goals and 67 assists for 100 points in 108 career regular-season games.
In addition to his academic and athletic commitments, Knox volunteers with many hockey associations, fundraising events and community awareness activities.
In his second year at UPEI, he contributed significantly to a fundraising event that raised close to $7,000 for a member of the UPEI alumni that had one of his children involved in a life-altering accident.
More recently, another member of the UPEI alumni had tragically passed away, and Knox again played a key role in organizing an event that contributed close to $5,000 towards helping the family.
Knox is currently serving on a committee that will have fundraising activities set up to benefit a memorial for Kameron Cooke, a six-year-old from Knox’s community who recently passed away suddenly.
Each year, the UPEI men’s hockey program has a ‘Santa Claus Run’ that raises money for gifts for those who are less fortunate in the community. This event was initiated during Knox’s time at UPEI, and he has played a significant contributing role.
Knox also participates in the ‘Movember’ fundraising event, and this past season volunteered on a weekly basis at the East Wiltshire Hockey Academy, a school program designed to introduce kids to the game of hockey.