My long term goal is to become a Dentist. My friends and family say I look like "Herbie" from Rudolph, but the real reason is to Service Other People and particularly those without access Healthcare and/or unable to afford it. One of my old teammate's Mother is a Dentist and she had spent a month in Iraq serving people who had never seen a real a dentist and that's what inspired me.
Besides my speed and play-making ability, I will be an asset to any team because "teamwork” has always been #1 for me and my family. My Dad taught me even before I started hockey, that "It's amazing what you can accomplish, when you don't care who gets the credit." Even when following this philosophy hurts me at times on the ice, it usually balances out because when I put team first and am genuinely happy for others. My game always seems to takes off because the only pressure I have is do what the coach says he needs me to do to WIN. Sometimes it's scoring and sometimes it's a more defensive role, but no matter what I love it, because my coaches know that unlike most of my peers, I'm not a selfish player.
One thing that separates me from my peers is that I grew up in the South where hockey is not too popular and I've always had to travel for any serious competition. My parents said I've had frequent flyer miles since 2nd year of Hockey, age 8. I've been as far west as ND, north to PEI, as well as 2 trips to Europe: WSI 2013 in Sweden, Finland and then to the WSI in the Czech Republic and Bratislava in 2015. (I missed the trip to Italy in 2014 because of a broken collar bone). In 7th grade, when I also had to go to Quebec for the Peewee tournament, I missed 47 school days and finished with a B+ average. So learning what's really important and how to balance school and hockey is and will continue to be hard, I've already proven I have what it takes to manage my time and energy a lot better than any of my peers I know.