I have had my sights set on playing college hockey since I began playing with the Portland Junior Pirates as a U10 defenseman. I remember being in awe of the Bowdoin College Men's Ice Hockey Team-- 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 AA hockey, there is no AAA hockey in Maine, has prepared me to balance the workload of academics with practice, games, and travel. I have maintained a 3.5 GPA through Junior High and Freshman year in high school. I am excited to start my sophomore year at North Yarmouth Academy this fall. It is because of my schedule that I have excellent time management and organizational skills. My work ethic, mannerisms, attention to details, and leadership skills are characteristics my teachers and coaches have often commented on. In addition I have been told I am coachable as I incorporate team strategies into practice and game situations.
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 fortunate to be the only freshman defenseman on varsity for my high school team. I averaged 32min of ice time each game. Those experiences have been the highlights of my time and effort on the ice. I can only imagine the feeling a player has stepping onto the ice in a collegiate hockey arena where the stands are full and the energy is contagious. I hope to experience that feeling.
I have attended tournaments / showcases at PrePrep Showcase, National Hockey Training Camp, Hockey Night in Boston Sophomore & Sophomore all-stars and the Chowder Cup in Boston.
I have also been selected each year for the USA Hockey New England Districts Player Development Camp for the past four years. The last three years the camp was held at Keene State College in New Hampshire. 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 junior program or 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.