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Plum defenseman quiet leader on the ice, raucous singer on the stage

| Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, 11:56 p.m.
Valley News Dispatch
Plum hockey player Jordan Gable at the Valley Sports Complex in New Kensington on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. When he's not on the ice, Gable is the lead singer of the up-and-coming alternative rock band A Lovely Crisis. Bill Shirley | For the Valley News Dispatch
Valley News Dispatch
Plum hockey player Jordan Gable works out during practice at the Valley Sports Complex in New Kensington on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. When he's not on the ice, Gable is the lead singer of the up-and-coming alternative rock band A Lovely Crisis. Bill Shirley | For the Valley News Dispatch
Valley News Dispatch
Plum hockey player Jordan Gable works out during practice at the Valley Sports Complex in New Kensington on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. When he's not on the ice, Gable is the lead singer of the up-and-coming alternative rock band A Lovely Crisis. Bill Shirley | For the Valley News Dispatch

Jordan Gable is the lead singer of the up-and-coming alternative rock band A Lovely Crisis. His role on the Plum hockey team is more back-up vocals.

But whether he's bouncing around with a live mic on stage or protecting the puck in his zone on the ice, the senior demands attention.

“I love to be active. Performing is one of my favorite things,” Gable said. “On stage, you can be as crazy as you want, and people love you for it. You can be yourself. It's surreal.”

With his singing talent, one might think Gable would garner a music-related nickname from teammates — “The Boss,” of course, is already taken.

Not quite the case.

“We refer to him sometimes as ‘The Landlord,' ” Plum coach Dave Stonebraker said, “because he can just own it out there.”

Gable keeps the hits coming as a defenseman. A longtime offensive player, he was moved to defense out of necessity for the Mustangs (1-4-1).

Gable and teammate Andrew Walters were two of the top scorers in PIHL Class AA last year, but Gable's role has changed drastically.

“Offense is fun, but I'd rather play defense and win,” said Gable, who posted 35 points last season (10 goals, 25 assists) as a forward.

In six games this season, he has a pair of assists.

A Lovely Crisis, which formed about two years ago, has performed at Pittsburgh-area venues. In their most notable show, the band opened for horror-punk band The Misfits in October at Altar Bar.

“That was an amazing experience,” Gable said. “It's unreal to be able to play in front of hundreds of people.”

Influenced primarily by 1980s hard rockers Guns N' Roses, Gable said his band is most comparable to Green Day.

“On websites, we've been called punk rock, but we're more alternative,” he said.

Other band members are 2012 Plum graduate Eric Neff (bass) and Burrell sophomores Nigel Seibert (drums) and Matt Leas (guitar).

The band's first CD release, “Back Then,” is making its way around the web. Gable said a second is in its infant stages.

“I cannot put enough accolades on Jordan. He's a coach's dream,” Stonebraker said. “He's a versatile, gifted skater. He's one of the best on the ice, period. And he's unselfish, probably to a fault.”

That said, Stonebraker wishes Gable would shoot more, even in his defensive role.

“He'd be a star on any team he'd play for,” Stonebraker said.

Gable said he enjoys the intensity of a good show as much as a tight hockey game.

“I guess it's probably the same feeling, but a different mindset,” he said. “I give just as much effort on the ice as I do on stage. I have the willingness to be the best in both. I want to make the team or the band the best it can be.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-224-2696 or bbeckner@tribweb.com.

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