Biography:

Jay Blankenau was a four-year member of Team Alberta prior to making his mark at the collegiate level, winning the 2008 CCAA Championship with Mount Royal University. He was also named a CCAA All-Canadian before transferring to the University of Calgary in 2010. At that year’s CIS Championship, with the Dinos down 2-0 to Dalhousie in the quarterfinal, Blankenau came off the bench to take over the setter spot and lead the unlikely comeback. He went on to quarterback the team to the 2010 national title and was named a tournament all-star. Blankenau’s international career began at the 2009 FIVB World Junior Championships. In 2013, he was part of Canada’s fifth place finish at the World University Games. Blankenau was also a member of the FIVB World League roster in 2014, 2015 and 2016, helping Canada win Group 2 at the latter to earn a spot in the elite Group 1 in 2017. When not representing Canada, Blankenau plays professionally in the Netherlands for Abiant Lycurgus.

Getting to know…

Family: Mother Shannon Schurman and father Mike Blankeneau… Sister Erin Blankenau… Outside Interests: Enjoys watching movies and TV, snowboarding… Odds and Ends: Attended Mount Royal University before transferring to the University of Calgary where he earned his undergraduate degree… Favourite motto: If you do what you’ve always done you’ll get what you’ve always gotten…