Jordan Houtby has made the transition from Junior A lacrosse to Major Series pretty smoothly. Now he’s hoping his athletic and aggressive approach to playing defence will translate into a high selection in the National Lacrosse League draft this September and a chance to land on an NLL roster when the 2014 season opens.
Houtby spent most of his junior career with the St. Catharines Saints before joining the Whitby Warriors for their 2012 Minto Cup run that ultimately saw them fall short of their goal of winning the national title. The experience did give him a chance to play for another NLL coach in Derek Keenan, after having been coached by Darris Kilgour in St. Kitts. Now he’s playing for the Brooklin Redmen, where he gets to line up beside and learn from NLL defenders like Jeff Gilbert, Derek Suddons and Cam Holding.
He’s not just in Brooklin to learn, though. Houtby is playing a regular shift, including plenty of time on the power play defence, as the Redmen remain in the hunt for the Mann Cup. He’s earned his playing time with sound defensive work and decision making. He also showed off the skill side of his game with a huge transition breakaway goal that helped the Redmen win Game 6 of the MSL semi finals.
Houtby has improved throughout the year with Brooklin, getting into 17 regular season games and four playoff contests and playing an increasingly large role along the way. He plays an aggressive style but took only eight penalty minutes during the regular season, showing his discipline and intelligence on the floor. Those qualities should earn him a look from an NLL team come the fall.
Name: Jordan Houtby
Position: Defence/ transition
From:St. Catharines, Ontario
Junior A: St. Catharines & Whitby (current: Sr. A Brooklin Redmen)
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL?
I believe I see and floor well and am a very aggressive defender. I communicate well with my teammates.
One word to describe your game?
I am aggressive, relentless and athletic.
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL?
I see myself playing as a defensive/ transition player but am willing to play where ever they need me
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? Brodie Merrill, I like the way he can be a shut down defender but can also put the ball in the net.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career?
My university team (Detroit Titans) won our conference this year and advanced to the NCAA tournament. As a personal accomplishment, I was Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference LSM of the year in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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