|Jordon Cooke wearing U of S colours|
Jordon Cooke admits he will face a significant language barrier when he starts his pro career this fall.
The former Kelowna Rockets goaltender will play in Gap, France this season.
"I am fortunate enough that there are guys that I know who have played in Gap in previous years and I have had the opportunity to reach out and contact them. But their is always uncertainty. I am going to a country where I really don't know the language".
The 25 year-old starred for the University Saskatchewan Huskies for four seasons before deciding to head over to Europe.
"I wanted a place where I can make some money for a reasonable lifestyle and enjoy myself but also play and not have to sit on the bench. I haven't sat in years now and that is what helped me make my decision on what was best for me".
Cooke succeeded on the ice and in the classroom at the U of S.
While being named the 'Canada West Goalie of the Year' on three separate occasions, he also earned a degree in economics.
"Going to Gap is a stepping stone. It is a one year deal in a location where you come into and hope to move on from there. I have been working hard here and I have found some success and I want to keep going with that".
Cooke played for the Kelowna Rockets from 2010 until 2014 and was named the CHL Goalie of the Year in his 20 year-old season of major junior hockey.