Jordan Pearce Puts Off Medical School To Play Hockey For Grand Rapids

Red Wings minor league goaltender Jordan Pearce signed a two-year, two-way deal to remain with the Red Wings organization, opting to not enter medical school.

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"I'm still excited about going to medical school and becoming a doctor," Pearce said Thursday. "But it's awfully exciting to pursue a childhood dream of playing hockey. I think as long as I keep progressing and enhancing my career and keep going up, I'll pursue it as long as I can."

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Pearce will compete with Thomas McCollum and Joey MacDonald at the Wings' AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids for playing time. Last year Pearce won the job from McCollum after MacDonald was called up to the Red Wings in January. MacDonald finished the season as the Red Wings' backup because Chris Osgood was unable to come back from injury.

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Pearce went 20-15-5 with a 2.89 goals against average and a .908 save percentage for the Griffins last year. According to Capgeek.com, the deal is for $525,000 each year.

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