JORDAN BINNINGTON - Head Instructor, St. Louis Blues
Jordan Binnington has made a habit of breaking records since joining the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, and this year was no different. In 2014-15, his first season with Chicago, the Richmond Hills, ONT native boasted a win record of 25-15-4 with a .916 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA. He immediately made his mark in Wolves history, setting franchise records with 18 consecutive starts, dating from January 17 to March 6, 2015. In that same season, Binnington recorded the second-most wins as a rookie, trailing only Ondrej Pavalec’s 33 wins in 2007-08.
In his fourth season with the Wolves, Binnington set another franchise record, becoming just the third goalie in Chicago history to earn back-to-back shutouts. The milestone came when he defeated the Milwaukee Admirals on March 11, followed by a 1-0 shootout victory over the Texas Stars on March 15, 2017. Binnington made 30 saves in the win, however accredits the success to the time and effort he put in off the ice while not in the lineup. “It was a matter of pushing myself on my own time and doing the extra work that the guys playing games didn’t have to,” said Binnington.
Born July 11, 1993, Binnington has spent the past four seasons between the pipes for Chicago. He made his NHL debut with St. Louis on January 14, 2016 against the Carolina Hurricanes before serving as the team’s Black Ace during the Blues’ 2016 postseason run.
Prior to the Wolves, the 3rd round (88th overall) 2011 NHL Draft Pick for the St. Louis Blues played for the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. Binnington appeared in 40 games for the Wings, compiling a win record of 23-13-3. He amassed a .922 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA during the 2013-14 season before solidifying his place in the Wolves lineup.
After joining GGSU Legends Camps for the first time last year, Binnington says he’s excited to see some new faces this year in Toronto. “I hope to continue to give people stuff to take away from the time we have and to continue excelling as both a person and a goaltender,” he says. Once a quiet and idle member of the Facebook group, Binnington now looks forward to the “shenanigans” that once gave him so much entertainment. But, like any good goalie, he’s not there to just teach. “There’s a great staff lineup, so I’m excited to see how they roll, what works for them and see if I can incorporate it myself.”