Give and Go: Jesse King
This Canadian lad and Buckeye grad has gone fishin' in Victoria
What's the biggest obstacle you've overcome?
Not being recruited very much. Being from the west coast at the time, it was difficult to get exposure without paying a large amount of money. Thankfully in my senior year, Ohio State took a chance on me and I couldn't have been happier to come to this amazing institution.
What's one thing that always puts you in a good mood?
Going down to my community's lacrosse box where I began playing lacrosse with my little brother always reminds me of where we both have come from and how fortunate we are.
Who's your favorite athlete?
Terry Fox. He had his leg amputated due to cancer, but still embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer awareness and research. To me, that is the elite athlete making the ultimate sacrifice.
Winning the Mann Cup for Victoria is this Canadian's favorite moment in his career. (Kirk Irwin)
What type of animal would best describe your style of play?
A large fox. I like to think I can body people up pretty well, but at the same time I can be sly and savvy.
What's the most adventurous thing you've ever done?
Travelling to a remote spot on Vancouver Island to go fishing. My dad and I spent five days in a place called Critter Cove with no electricity or cell phone service to go fishing and it was an amazing experience.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a professional hockey player. Obviously that is pretty stereotypical for a Canadian, but it is the truth!
Where did you go on your last vacation?
Orlando, Fla. I am a sucker for theme parks and we were able to go to Disney World as a family.
What's your favorite inspirational quotation?
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog." – Archie Griffin. As a proud Ohio State Buckeye, I love Archie Griffin. When people would underestimate us in a game because we weren't highly ranked or had the top prospects, I would try and remember that none of that matters and think of this quote.
What's one thing lacrosse really needs?
The publicity that every other major sport gets. I think once larger companies realize how exciting the sport is, lacrosse will one day become a major sport as well!
What's the most played song on your favorite playlist?
"'Till I Collapse" by Eminem. I listened to it while I was going through high school and it always gets me excited before a game.
What are your pregame rituals?
My pre-game rituals were a little different at OSU compared to box lacrosse. Before every game at Ohio State, I would put my left sock on before my right, and my left cleat before my right. I would listen to my one playlist that I create prior to the season. I would listen to the Canadian anthem in the shower as well. I also had a specific handshake for a lot of the guys on the team.
Who's your role model?
Chris McKay. He was one of my coaches in high school and has become a very close friend. I was always trying to be the best I could be for him while in high school. Chris was also one of the reasons I had the opportunity to go to Ohio State because coach Myers coached him at Butler.
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would love to meet my relatives who are in Australia. My mom and I think going to Australia to meet them would be an awesome experience.
What's one thing you can't live without?
My family, who has been extremely supportive on the journey that I have embarked on and I could not have done it without them.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Fly. This way I could quickly fly back and forth from anywhere I want making transportation easier. I would also save a lot of money on flights flying from Victoria. I think my mom would be happy.
What's your favorite hobby?
Fishing with my friends. I love going fishing and just hanging out on the boat on the ocean or lake.
What's your favorite sports movie?
The Mighty Ducks. I love how successful a group of kids become at hockey and when I was a kid, my friends and I believed we could be the same.
If you could pick any cartoon character that best described your personality, what would it be and why?
Bugs Bunny. He's smart and funny, but also someone who enjoys his own space.
Who's your favorite author?
Suzanne Collins. I really enjoyed reading the Hunger Games, and I also enjoy fantasy novels and TV shows. I think Collins did a very good job capturing the struggle that Katniss was going through, while still showing her confidence.
Portions of this interview originally appear in the January 2016 issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Join US Lacrosse today to begin receiving your copy!
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If you could combine a meal with chicken wings and sushi, I am there. Although my mom's pork ribs, loaded baked potato, Yorkshire pudding, and broccoli and cauliflower with cheese on top is more likely.
What's on your bucket list?
Going skydiving, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and to go fishing for marlin.
It's 2025 — Where are you and what are you doing?
I hope to be still playing professional lacrosse, and be a full-time firefighter in Victoria. I would love to be well on my way to having a family of my own as well.
OVERTIME from Stanford midfielder Lucy Dikeou
What would you name an 8-foot teddy bear?
DOUBLE OVERTIME from Zach Schubert (@lolschube)
Best moment in your career?
Winning the Mann Cup this past summer. Growing up in Victoria, I was fortunate enough to watch the some of the greats like the Gait brothers in Memorial Arena. It instantly became my dream to win a Mann Cup for Victoria.
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