As a player and a person I have always been taught by my parents to be respectful to people, but more importantly a trusted friend. The past four years I have been fortunate to play for a team and a club that also emphasized the importance of becoming a respected young man. As a result, I have been fortunate to have been around players and coaches that provided me the opportunities to put those lessons to work, but also allowed me to use that trust to become a leader and captain for my teammates; as well as off the ice for those in need. I lead by example through my strong work ethic with my academics, by raising awareness for causes such as ALS while also striving to be consistent in my level of play.
I've enjoyed learning the game at each level. I continue to study the game and learn at each older age group and new level of play comes something new. I learned that regardless of who you are coming into a team; you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. I incorporate the advice of my coaches' and apply that hard work to practice and games. I continue to seek self improvement in my skills and my skating by taking the time to spend with coaches one on one. The result, coaches show their trust in my skills and are very confident in putting me on the ice in all pressure situations. As stated by one of my coaches, Coach Johnson, CT Chiefs: "Brenden’s great hockey sense gives him the ability to see lanes develop for quick passes or skating lanes to help our team in transition. The Coaching Staff enjoys working with Brenden because he shows us that he wants to get better every day through his hard work on-ice and off-ice".
I believe hockey has shown me the way to dedicate myself toward self improvement through sacrificing personal time on and off the ice to be the best Student Athlete I can be. As I enter my senior year (2020) I look forward to both my academic challenges as I take advantage of the Duel Enrollment opportunity at the local Community College, AP level classes as well as preparing for junior hockey so that I can continue to be a student athlete at the NCAA level.