My name is Michael O'Neil, and I am a right-shot defenseman playing for the 2007 Tampa Bulls AA team in the Statewide Florida Hockey League, and I also was chosen by my coaches and teammates to serve as an alternate captain this season. As a freshman, I also play on the varsity high school team for Mitchell Mustangs in the Lightning High School Hockey League. This past summer, I was selected to represent the Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida (SAHOF) affiliate at the USAH Southeastern District "Select 14" Player Development Camp, where I was a member of and helped Team Gold on the way to winning the camp championship.
Currently, I am 5'3" tall and 115 pounds. I can play either side as a defenseman, but generally play on the right-side this season. My parents are both military, so I have moved around a lot (including living in Germany for 2.5 years). From my earliest memories, my parents have instilled in me a very strong, yet humble, work ethic. Whatever I do, I do to the best of my abilities; if it is a team event, the team comes first, always. In addition to my love for hockey, I also enjoy and have played travel lacrosse as another team sport. Individually, I am a PADI certified junior advanced open water scuba diver, and continue to advance my skills and certifications each year with the goal of being a rescue diver and divemaster. I was a member of the National Junior Honor Society in middle school, and was an active cadet in the Civil Air Patrol until this school year when I had to suspend my membership due to a scheduling conflict for the meetings. Academically, I have an unweighted 4.0 GPA / weighted 4.33 GPA and I am currently taking taking classes more advanced for a freshman, such as Algebra 2 Honors (normally a grade 11 course) and AP Human Geography.
My goal with hockey is to continue to develop my skills with the outcome of playing junior hockey after my 16U season. After a few years of juniors, I would like to play collegiate hockey at a school with strong science and math degree programs.