Since I can remember, I have always wanted to play hockey, no matter the competition level and living in the northeast for part of my life gave me this opportunity. Growing up in Massachusetts was perfect for ice hockey. I had family, friends, coaches, and support to help me get along. I thrived on the competition of ice hockey and was accepted to a travel ice hockey program when I was eight. Unfortunately, before the season began, my family and I moved down to Savannah, GA.
Transitioning to Savannah was hard and there wasn't as much opportunity for my desire to play hockey. Based on where we were and the lack of ice, we were able to discover roller hockey. Although, I had stopped playing ice hockey, I continued playing the sport through roller hockey. After four years of straight roller hockey, I returned to the ice as a second-year Peewee with the Charleston Youth Hockey Association giving me opportunity to play ice hockey. After one season back, I was accepted to the Charleston Jr. Stingrays Travel Program as a first-year Bantam. It was a big step up for me as a hockey player. It was also a big commitment for my family to remain in this sport because we had a two-hour drive one-way for one-hour of practice twice a week. Although it was long, we were used to it from the four-hour one-way trip up to Atlanta, GA for the roller hockey team. We soon figured out that travel was going to be inevitable for hockey. Through this I learned that it was going to take a lot more than just skill (dedication, hard-work, commitment, and a good attitude) to achieve what I wanted to. Now I am a multi-sport (track/cross-country, soccer, and ice and roller hockey) student-athlete playing for the Carolina Rage Travel Hockey Program out of Columbia, SC as a second-year midget. It is through these as well as future experiences both on and off the ice that gives me the confidence to achieve my goal to play at the collegiate level.