CHIPPEWA FALLS — Kabang. Kabang. Kabang.
That sound’s heard all too often in Mitch and Lisa Steinmetz’s home.
Since he was 7 years old, the couple’s second-oldest son, Jordan, would spend hours upon hours in the basement — directly below the living room floor — shooting a puck into a makeshift net.
“You’d constantly hear the stick hitting the concrete,” Mitch Steinmetz said. “It was relentless.”
Jordan Steinmetz demands perfection in himself. And even more so, he demands winning at all costs. That’s why many winter nights — even after games — he’d retreat down below.
Some of his sessions would come after a loss. He’d do anything he could to get the losing taste out of his mouth. That’s just who he is as a person. He had to win the race to the dinner table. He had to be quickest to get in line at school.
“Jordan never wanted to lose,” Mitch Steinmetz said. “No matter what we were doing.”
Transition out of a home setting and into the high school hockey scene.
Jordan Steinmetz, sr., Chippewa Falls
Sam Stange, so., Eau Claire North
Ben Zacho, jr., Eau Claire Memorial
Zac Stange, sr., Eau Claire North
Dawson Schwengler, sr., Eau Claire Memorial
Trevor Hudecek, jr., Eau Claire Memorial
Sam Hanson, sr., Eau Claire Memorial
Jeff Pippenger, jr., Eau Claire North
Lucas Steinmetz, jr., Chippewa Falls
Hutson Collins, jr., Eau Claire Memorial
Brandon Sutton, jr., Rice Lake
Jaden Hoople, so., Chippewa Falls
Chippewa Falls: Blayde Bowe, sr.; Chase Hoople, sr.; Eric Swenson, sr. Memorial: Brenden Olson, so. North: Ryan Venne, jr. Regis/Altoona/McDonell: Kolten Wright, jr. Rice Lake: Hunter Holmes, sr.; Steve Scheurer, sr.