As the captain of the Coquitlam Express last season, Jackson Cressey recorded a career-high 71 points despite missing several games due to injury. He played in 56 contests last season and scored a career-high 34 goals. He finished his career with the Express with 128 points across 198 games.
Eye On The Tigers caught up with Cressey to see what the incoming freshman had to say:
Why did you choose Princeton University?
I chose Princeton because the opportunity to attend one of the best schools and be a part of a great hockey program has always been a dream of mine and impossible to give up.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to meeting the rest of the guys and opening night against Michigan State.
When did you get into hockey? What’s your earliest memory?
I got into hockey I believe around three. My earliest hockey memory was my uncle giving me my first road hockey stick
What NHL team did you grow up rooting for and why?
Vancouver Canucks as they are my hometown team.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in hockey?
My biggest challenge was trying to stay positive and be opportunistic when I was struggling to get ice time my first year in junior.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen when playing hockey?
The strangest thing I’ve ever seen while playing hockey was a bench brawl we had down in Las Vegas during an Atom tournament.
Who’s the most influential person in your hockey career?
My Junior coach Barry Wolff has probably been the most influential. He put a lot of trust and confidence in me [and] gave me the opportunity to attend a school like Princeton
What’s the most exciting experience you’ve ever had?
Attending game 7 of the Stanley Cup final in Vancouver was the most exciting experience.
What do you plan on majoring in/what are your academic interests?
I plan on majoring in Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
What do you hope your legacy at Princeton University will be?
I hope to be remembered as hard-working and dependable on and off the ice when I leave Princeton.
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