SPOTLIGHT ON JORDAN HALL Recent University of Delaware graduate Jordan Hall had an enormous smile on his face as he walked to the stage at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado during the 2007 NLL Entry Draft on September 1st. Waiting for him on the stage were Titans Head Coach Adam Mueller and Titans Director of Lacrosse Operations Jimmy Butler, who had just selected Hall as the first pick in the draft. The Titans had traded another UDel alum, Matt Alrich, to Boston about one hour before for the draft for the rights to the first pick.
“I had a couple choices of where I wanted to go and New York was one of them, so when they called my name I was very happy,” Hall said after the draft. “Going into the draft, you have a general sense of when you’ll be picked, but you don’t really know for sure, so when I heard my name first, I was really excited. I felt like the prettiest girl at the dance.”
Hall comes to New York after a stellar season with the Blue Hens, where he scored at least one point in each of his last 31 career games and ended the season as the leading career scorer among all active NCAA Division I midfielders. Hall, a three-time All-CAA selection and the 2005 CAA Player of the Year, was Delaware’s second leading scorer with 38 points on 26 goals and 12 assists and ranked second on the team with 54 loose balls. Hall played in 66 career games with 61 starts and recorded 140 points on 85 goals and 55 assists and scooped up 184 groundballs. He ranks No. 13 on the all-time UD list for assists and points and No. 17 for goals and his goal just three seconds into a 2006 game vs. Albany is an NCAA record for fastest goal to start a game. He also recorded six career hat tricks, including four in 2007.
The 6′, 190-pound transition player from Surrey, British Columbia, is also a member of the World Champion Canadian National Team that sent the U.S. packing in 2006 when they faced-off in the World Cup Championship match.
“Choosing Jordan Hall with the first pick in the draft was a no-brainer for us,” Mueller said after the draft. “I think he’s ready to step in a make an impact in year one for us. We will look for Jordan to play both ends of the floor and improve our face off line and power play. Hall’s an all-round great player that is a great fit for our team and locker room.”
Q + A WITH JORDAN HALL Jordan Hall flew into Laguardia Airport in Queens, NY from his hometown Surrey, British Columbia on Monday. From the time he touched down, Hall was swept up in a whirlwind of Titans events, meet and greets, press junkets, tours of New York and an introduction to the Titans home turf Madison Square Garden. Hall took a huge bite out of the Big Apple in his first trip ever to Manhattan and he talks about his experiences in the Q + A below.
The Titans picked you up from the airport in an Escalade and you drove through Times Square. What was that like? Jordan Hall: I was surprised by the escalade because I really wasn’t expecting it. It was a great way to be introduced to NYC.
So, this is your first time in NYC, what’s your impression of the city? JH: It’s like no place on earth. It’s big and busy all the time. There are all types of people here… and lots of pretty girls.
How excited were you to see your name on the Madison Square Garden marquee? JH: It didn’t seem like it was going to be a big deal. I mean, a name on a sign doesn’t sound all that impressive, but once I got to the Garden and saw my name lit up outside the historic rink it, was a big deal. I felt like I made a million bucks, like all the other names they put up there.
Did you envision this when you were drafted by New York? JH: Everything here is bigger. The exposure, the city, the media. Everything is on a bigger scale than I predicted.
What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to see or do in New York? JH: I’ve always wanted to watch a Rangers/Canucks game in the Garden. I know the Yankees are big here and I want to check out a game as soon as possible, but being Canadian its my duty to love hockey.
Is there anything you’ve always thought about the city or heard about the city that you found out isn’t true after being here? JH: The stereotype is that people here are rude, but that’s not the case. I asked for directions the other night I was lost and people were more than happy to stop and take the time to help. One guy even walked me where I needed to go. People here are sometimes in a rush but not rude.
What was the best moment as a player at UDel? JH: Playing in the Final Four. It would have been winning and shaving Coach Shills’ moustache. The prospect of seeing that man clean cut drove the Hens to the Final Four.
Do you have any siblings? If so, how old are they? Do they play lacrosse as well? JH: I have a brother who is a year older and a step brother my age. My brother played lacrosse and has taken the game up again with me in the off-season playing on a team with me back home.
What is your favorite movie? JH: The best two I have seen recently would be Superbad and The Departed.
What’s your favorite food? JH: Pizza. I guess NY should be a good fit.
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? JH: I think Thailand. Its cheap, tourist friendly and has awesome beaches and nightlife.
Any other impressions of the city, the Garden or the Titans? JH: Casey Powell’s pictures don’t do him justice. He’s much better looking in person.