My name is Daniel McKiernan and I will be a junior at the Williston Northampton school in the fall of 2020. I recently finished three years at Weston High School in Weston, Connecticut before deciding to attend a college preparatory school to continue to pursue my goal of someday studying business and playing hockey at the college level. I was born on July 5, 2003 and I am currently 5’10” and 175 LBS. I am a forward with a left shot and typically play Center. Competitive hockey has been a part of my life starting at around 6 years of age and I have been very fortunate to play with some of the best Tier I programs in Connecticut and New York including Mid-Fairfield and the Westchester Express. On my high school team, JBWA, I led the team as a co-captain last year and was a leader in the state of Connecticut in total points and goals for the last two years. Playing hockey has shaped me as the person and athlete I am today and the individual I hope to be in the future. It has taught me humility, perseverance and work ethic and my goal is to be able to play at the college level in addition to pursuing a degree in Business. I respect the game and all the people I have played with. It has been a tremendous opportunity to learn the game from many great coaches and from my dad who played college hockey for the Hobart Statesmen. I am grateful for the support from my entire family including weekend trips to far away rinks, late night pick-ups from practice and countless sacrifices to support my goals. My Fall 2019 split season was an amazing developmental opportunity for me being just 16 and playing at the U18 Midget level with the Wonderland Wizards. Playing with older, stronger and faster players challenged me to take my game to the next level and has been helpful for me to have a vision to see what the next stage of hockey really is. I am excited to say that the Wizards won the CT State Championship and had the opportunity to attend the U18 National Championship in April 2020 which unfortunately was cancelled given the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a player, I push myself and work to be a versatile forward who can win face-offs, battles for pucks, kill penalties and contribute offensively. I am proud to have scored 92 total points in my sophomore year (JBWA’s first season with 54 goals, 38 assists) and to have earned All-State and All-Conference honors in both 2019 and 2020, as well as, CTHS Hockey Division 3 Skater of the Year. During the 2019/2020 season I scored my 100th high school point in 27 regular season games (sophomore/early junior year). I scored 37 goals and 16 assists for a total of 53 points for the 2020 high school season.
In addition to hockey I also played varsity lacrosse for Weston High School and have also played summer lacrosse for Express North, a club lacrosse team in Connecticut. Lacrosse has been a great connection to my high school and my community and with many similarities to hockey it has been very fulfilling to play over the last 5 years. I also enjoy being a volunteer with the Weston youth lacrosse program and giving back to the community by teaching children the fundamentals of the game.
I would like to assure all of the coaches interested in me that I am hard worker. I try to be a better student, hockey and lacrosse player and person every day. I am always open to listening to advice and ways to improve and look forward to the future ahead.