I have had my sights set on playing college hockey since I began playing hockey at the age of 10. I remember being in awe, watching the high school practices after getting of the ice. Their aspirations, drive, work ethic, and leadership inspired me to strive for the same end goal. My love for hockey is something I want to continue as I pursue a degree.
I feel that playing high school hockey, going to school full time, and working almost a full time job has prepared me to balance the workload of academics with practice, games, and travel. I have maintained a 3.0 GPA throughout Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Year at Woodstock Academy, where I also take honors classes. It is because of my schedule that I have excellent time management and organizational skills. My work ethic, mannerisms, promptness, and leadership skills are characteristics my teachers and coaches have often commented on.
What makes me different from others is my desire to see everyone play their best and love the game. It's important to win games, but there are times you encounter a faster, better, stronger team. The value/lesson is in asking yourself if you played your best, if you left it all on the ice, if you played as a team and are proud of your attitude during the game, even in the face of a loss. Positivity and respect are two things you should always give your coaches. I feel if you're interested in college hockey, you have a skill(s) that you'll ALWAYS be developing, but your attitude and your respect toward your teammates and coaches are also two things that should be consistent and present at all times.
I was just given the opportunity to play for the Adrian College experience camp and I have been doing numerous camps to try to accelerate my skill. I have been putting into practice the advice I was given at these camps, and am committed to growing in strength, speed, and skill over the course of this season.
All of these experiences have confirmed that I am right where I want to be. As I continue to pursue my academic and athletic goals I am committed to being a strong contributor and leader to my team and my coaches. I hope to leave whatever college I attend as an alumni that my teachers and coaches are proud of, and as someone who takes that same work ethic on and off the ice to my future career and beyond.