His career with the St Louis Blues was earlier delayed because of the NHL lockout but the impact of the 21 year old has been dramatic.
Entirely on her own initiative, Jessica - who will be 21 later this month - is going to Siberia to see her biological mother Natalia, 38, and father Oleg, 37.
Swimming 1km, in the middle of the winter, in Siberia, at water temperature of zero Celsius and air temperature below -30C.
This ancient game of nomads has been likened to a cross between horse racing and polo, while others see it as 'a hybrid of rugby and a Texas rodeo'.
Kate Balkitskaya enjoys Black Russian cocktails in Siberian 'capital' Novosibirsk.