Plum defenseman quiet leader on the ice, raucous singer on the stage
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Police officer fatally shot in New Florence; suspect at-large
- Four downs: Steelers might still be Adams’ best bet
- Steelers find success vs. NFC
- Steelers notebook: Brown downplays possible matchup against Seahawks’ Sherman
- Zatkoff’s, Malkin’s heroics not enough as Oilers down Penguins in shootout
- Volunteers get West Deer church’s train display back on track
- Thomas Jefferson uses defense, running game to capture WPIAL title
- Steelers remain cautious of Seattle QB Wilson on ground, through air
- Funding highway bill atop Rep. Shuster’s agenda
- Saxonburg machine shop 3 generations strong
- Indiana Twp. liver transplant recipient, 2, takes steps toward normal life