Although I played baseball and basketball recreationally in elementary school, the sport was never part of who I was, as it is with hockey. As soon as my dad took me to my first Devil’s game I was hooked. I would practice stickhandling and shooting out in the street and before long (after learning to skate), I earned the honor of most improved player as a first year Squirt B player. The next season I was selected to be part of the first AAA team my club had ever fielded at the PeeWee level. We lost that year… A LOT. But that experience both on and off the ice and the friendships I made on that team are part of who I am today. Instead of focusing on what everyone else was doing wrong I took responsibility for my part in those losses and focused on what I could do better. This team mentality is something I am proud of in myself even today when I see so many others quick to point fingers, pass blame, or take individual credit for a win.
A lot of what I do as a Center on the ice doesn’t show up in the scoresheet. I am a “200 foot player” with a great face-off track record. My team and my coaches depend on my fore-checking, back-checking, and my work behind the net. As a freshman asked to play defense for my high school team, I helped the team go 19-1 for the season and set a program record for least goals allowed. Academically, I am stand-out student. By applying that same disciplined mentality to hockey I am working to do even more to build my game and help my team. My ultimate goal is to be able to compete in college at the highest level possible, both academically and athletically. I know I have the talent and work-ethic to be successful at the college level and I am excited to have the opportunity to work toward making this dream come true.