Mark Brower ‘12 Recruiting Profile

  • Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
  • Hudson, OH
  • Men's Ice Hockey
Mark Brower Men's Ice Hockey Recruiting Profile
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
175
Age:
21
Prim. Position:
LW
Sec. Position:
C
  • 2010-11 Season Highlights

Personal Statement

            Personal Statement of Mark Brower                           8/5/11


 


 


            As far back in my childhood as I can remember, I have always wanted to be an athlete.  I have great large motor skills that allow me to be good at many sports.  I have participated in organized basketball, baseball, racquetball, and hockey.  I also play golf recreationally and love to skateboard and snowboard.  Although I love all sports, I have chosen to concentrate on playing competitive racquetball and becoming the best hockey player I can be. I am six feet tall and weigh 175 lbs.  I started playing hockey in my parent’s driveway, using my older sister’s Barbie skates, when I was only 3 years old.  At 7 years of age, a school friend invited me to play roller hockey with him on the local club team.  I not only made the 8U team with my friend, but I was also invited by the coach to play on the 10U team!  That was the beginning of my true love for hockey.


            At the age of 10, I began playing hockey for the Tri-County Cyclones at Kent State University Ice Arena.  I played the wing and center positions each year throughout the “Bantam” age bracket.  Beginning my freshman year of high school, I was a starting player on the Varsity Hockey team at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. As a freshman, I was the leading scorer on the team, setting a new school record for the most goals in a season.  I was also named to the All-Star Team for our division and was awarded the MVP for the year.  During my sophomore year, the team added two new players, twin brothers, who played a lot of hockey together.  They were a great addition to the team, helping our team win the Blue Central Division Championship.  However, because they both played offense on the same line, my role on the team changed.  I continued to play hard and finished as the third leading scorer for the division behind my two teammates. I continued to play wing and center for my freshman and sophomore seasons. 
              A change came for me my sophomore year when my coach suggested, based on my skating and stick handling skills and ability to “read the ice,” that I should switch positions to defense.  I loved the challenge of getting the puck from the other team then going for the fast break to score! I truly enjoy the position of offensive/defenseman.  It allows me great opportunities to use my competitive nature, speed, and stick handling skills to my fullest potential every time I step on the ice.


            I was both humbled and honored my sophomore year when my coaches and fellow teammates chose me to act as assistant captain; not many players have the opportunity to showcase their leadership skills that early in their high school careers.  I have been serving my team in the position of assistant captain for the past three seasons, and I anticipate being named captain for this upcoming senior season. 


            My valuable leadership and “on ice” presence came to the forefront last year when I suffered as season-ending injury to my left clavicle.  Prior to my injury, I was in the midst of a very strong season, and was leading the defensive line.  My coach was very excited about the progress I had been making playing in my new position and anticipated that I may be named to the All-Star Team during my junior year.  However, in December, I had a non-hockey related accident and broke my left clavicle requiring surgery that left me unable to finish out the season on the ice.  Despite my injury, I went to every game and encouraged my teammates from the bench.


 It felt good to offer words of advice and to help build confidence in younger players, even though I was unable to play myself.  I was told by the observing parents and coaches alike that my “presence” was missing on the ice; I believe that my ability to see the play develop and create scoring situations for the team, is what they noticed was missing. Throughout the time I was injured, I watched our opponents carefully and helped some of my fellow players learn where to go and whom to watch on the ice.  In a way, this was a valuable learning experience for me because I was able to see the full ice and evaluate the plays as they were occurring. I was able to share what I was learning with my teammates by applying my management skills and passing on my newly found knowledge to create a better team.  In fact, the sophomore player who replaced me on defense was named to the All-Star Team.  Afterwards, he thanked me for teaching him how to become a better defenseman. This was one of my proudest moments in my hockey career.


            Now that I am recovered, I am taking every possible opportunity to get ice-time and play. I have been playing pick-up hockey this summer and will be playing on the Christian Youth Hockey Organization team pre-season.  I am looking forward to having an awesome year of playing hockey for my high school senior year.


            My ultimate goal after college is to coach hockey for a college, university, minor league or NHL team.  In order to pursue that dream, I would like to attend a college where I can play hockey as a freshman and have an active roll with the team.  I would like to be an Assistant Student Coach as soon as the opportunity becomes available.  I would like to major in Athletic Training/Coaching, Exercise Science/Coaching, or Sports Management/Coaching at any college or university that would allow me to play hockey as a freshman.  I would love to remain close to my parent’s home in Ohio, because I know they would like to come to watch my hockey games. However, I am willing to relocate to any area that would allow me to participate in the sport I love, hockey.


            I appreciate you taking the time to evaluate my abilities.  I look forward to participating in hockey as I continue my education to reach the ultimate Coaching job.


 

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High School Information

High School:
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
State:
OHIO
Enrollment:
830
Phone:
330-929-0575

Academic Accomplishments

Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
Yes

Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Honor Roll
  • Activity
    • Headmaster Advisory Council
  • Activity
    • Missions Group

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