I hit the ice for the first time when I was six years old. I did not come from a “hockey” family, but my brother and I convinced my parents that we could skate so they signed us up. We definitely couldn’t skate but it didn’t take long to fix that problem. From the moment I first laced up the skates, I was in love. In a couple of years I was bitten by the goalie bug, and have been passionate about stopping pucks ever since.
My family is definitely the biggest influence on shaping the player and person I am today. The Murphy family’s’ three basic tenets: inspired hard work, service to others, and self-respect. These have been my guiding principles in daily life and woven into my role as a goalie. Not only do I try to do things for others, I always push myself to be the best that I can be in all aspects of my life.
Many people accomplish things by making goals and working towards those objectives. While I do that also, it is not good enough for me. I like to think in terms of my goals like the high jump; in order to win, one must consistently raise the bar. I beat the competition? Great, now I want tougher opponents. I have to beat the best. I learn, I do, I achieve and raise the bar.
I accomplish this “bar raising” through an openness to learn and determined work ethic. Never one to shy away from work, I take every opportunity to play and learn from others. Coaches and teachers appreciated my willingness to put in the effort, and my “coachability”
Going from high school to junior hockey, living with a billet family and part time college has been a significant change. Upping my skill to be competitive for the Superior Roughriders, learning to live with people different from me in addition to college work required a major overhaul of my time-management. Another skill added, another bar raised.
This season I will be improving my game in Superior Colorado. Next year will be at a higher level of competition, in a location yet to be determined. But I do know that I will play college hockey, and lead my team to a championship.