Ever since I was 4 years old playing mini-mite hockey, my passion for the game kept growing. As a young kid, I always looked up to the college athletes and told myself, "that's going to be me one day". Through the game of hockey, I have learned valuable life lessons. I have learned how to be a team player, how to lose, and how to never give up on a dream. During my hockey career, I have over come many obstacles. At the beginning of my career, I was never on the top team, but I put hard work and determination into my craft. Last year I was named captain of my Bantam AA team and we won the Minnesota State Tournament.
A unique characteristic that I have is leading by example. This is something my coaches have used many times to motivate my teammates. During a game last season, we weren't playing well, and my coaches called me out to the team. "Why can't you all work as hard as Glad?" Although embarrassing at the time, it was affirmation that they saw how much I was giving to the team.
I have learned a lot about myself through playing hockey. During the ups and downs, I never gave up on myself or my team. I have the confidence to not be a selfish player. I considered myself both a play maker and a goal scorer. My coaches and teammates can depend on me to see the ice and make the decision to pass the puck or shoot for the goal. Currently, school and sports define me, and I'm going to continue to shoot for my goal to play hockey in college. I believe I have the dedication and work ethic to successfully do both.