Greenwood Village’s Gudridge ‘extremely excited and proud about’ committing to NCAA D-I Dartmouth
Jordan Gudridge doesn’t turn 18 until the end of June, but the talented defenseman out of Greenwood Village has his future planned out after recently committing to NCAA Division I Dartmouth College (ECAC Hockey).
Gudridge is enjoying his rookie season with the USHL’s Madison Capitols and said the Dartmouth commitment has been a long time coming.
“I had been in contact with assistant coach Troy Thibodeau since my 15U year and only this year did I get in contact with head coach Reid Cashman,” explained Gudridge. “We made the decision that I would visit the school in December, and shortly after, I knew that Dartmouth was the place I wanted to grow and excel as a student and hockey player. Committing to an Ivy League school is something that I am extremely excited and proud about. All my life, my main priorities have always been hockey and school.
“When the opportunity arose to continue being a student athlete at Dartmouth, the decision was extremely easy to make.”
As to when Gudridge will start his freshman year, that timeframe is still up in the air.
“The plan is to return to the USHL after this current season and play another year, then judge where I am at,” Gudridge said. “The coaches are extremely involved with me and they consistently make an effort to connect with me and discuss how I am feeling. The coaches have also been great at communicating with me that there is no reason to rush the process and it will all happen whenever they feel and I feel I am ready. I can not thank the coaches enough for how welcoming and supportive they have all been.”
In the classroom, Gudridge is taking a small detour from what the original plan was.
“I am currently unsure about what I want to major in, but I have a few choices I am interested in,” said Gudridge. “Before committing to Dartmouth, I was interested in majoring in something Business-related. However, Dartmouth does not offer an undergraduate business major. Through my own research and talking with the coaching staff, I learned about the possibility of majoring in Economics. I am fascinated by Economics and could definitely see myself pursuing it.”
At the end of the day, Gudridge knows that making a life-changing decision like this means he has many people to thank.
“Obviously, I would like the thank my entire family; nothing would be possible without my family,” Gudridge said. “My mom and dad have given me endless support and allowed me to follow my dreams my entire life. They have been the most amazing parents, and I truly can not thank them enough. My grandma has sacrificed so much to see me succeed and nothing I have done would be possible without her. I can not thank her enough for the constant support she always shows. My brother and sister are my best friends. I want to thank them for always supporting my decisions and being there for me no matter the circumstance. Next, I would like to thank my advisor and all of the coaches that have been a part of my hockey journey. Each and every coach has guided me and showed me what it takes to get to the next level, and for that, I am forever grateful. I would also like the thank the entire coaching staff at Dartmouth for giving me this unbelievable opportunity to pursue my dreams.”
Back home, Gudridge played for the Arapahoe Warriors, Krivo School of Hockey Elite, and the Colorado Thunderbirds.
— Matt Mackinder
(January 20, 2023)