My college goal is to attend an excellent school that offers both a quality education along with a successful hockey program. My academic goals for my upcoming high school years are to set myself up with the correct tools to be successful in a college environment. I have worked hard in middle school to set the stage for academic success in high school. This is a top priority for me.
I first became interested in the sport of hockey when I was 3 years old. We lived on Lake Minnetonka, and I spent countless hours playing pond hockey with my family. I started playing organized hockey at the termite level in Mound, MN. I then moved up the levels through numerous youth hockey organizations as we moved as a family. The diversity of experiences in those various organizations really gave me a sound base of hockey skills and knowledge. I have grown a lot mentally and physically during my hockey career. I have learned that in order to make it to the next level, you need to have the mental strength to stick with a tough hockey schedule while at the same time keeping your grades up. Furthermore, I have learned that you need to do the tough work at the gym so that you can compete with strength, speed and agility.
I have had to overcome some adversities to get where I am today. I injured my shoulder playing lacrosse in the spring of 2016. Then I separated my shoulder later that year. As time went on, I separated my shoulder on 6 different occasions causing me to have my first surgery on October 27th 2016. 6 months later, when I finally got cleared to play hockey, I re-injured my shoulder my first time back on the ice. This was a devastating blow to me after working hard to rehab the shoulder after the first surgery. I then had to have a second surgery which took place on June 26th, 2017 at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. During rehab I began participating in Crossfit 5 days per week. When I was fully cleared and returned to hockey for the 2017-2018 season, I was in the best shape of my life and had a great season. Through this experience I have learned a lot about myself. I learned that I am capable of overcoming obstacles and that I can make the best out of a bad situation, but it takes discipline and hard work. Secondly, I have learned that that I am able to remain patient and motivated for long periods of time in order to achieve my goals. I plan to carry this knowledge forward and build on it not only in my hockey career, but in my academic career as well.