I attended my first Columbus Blue Jackets game when I was two years old where I proceeded to endlessly talk and walk all things hockey. I have been skating ever since.
I have a strong commitment to my team, coaches, and the game itself. I'm on the ice 3 days a week not including games and I'm in the gym as often too. It is through my commitment to hockey that I have learned discipline, a strong work ethic, time management, and grit. I maintain a 4.65 GPA while taking college courses. I expect myself to excel on the ice and in the classroom.
Characteristics that have been consistently used to describe me by my coaches and teachers include a respectful positive attitude, a good teammate/classmate, and a strong work ethic. My hockey style isn’t flashy, I don’t need glory. I’m happy to block a shot, make the first pass out of the defensive zone, or get an assist. I’m a consistent player that silently does the little things right during a game. I am also an aggressive defenseman, not afraid to join the rush and score. Coaches have given me consistent feedback that I excel in my hockey IQ and that I am extremely coachable.
Volunteering in my community is very important to me. I joined an internship through the Son Ministries Summer Lunch Program, which provides lunch and activities in the summer for kids that are less fortunate and it has taught me many things. I have also been volunteering through My Church, Rock City to provide backpacks to less privileged students in the community. Volunteering has really helped me understand how privileged I am to have this opportunity to play hockey and attend college in the future.
I will continue to be committed, working hard both on and off the ice as I strive toward my goal of having the opportunity to play hockey in college. Thank you for your time.