My name is Jagur McClelland, I am 17 years old and a junior at Haverford High School located in Pennsylvania. I learned to skate when I was 3 years of age, which lead me to hockey. At age 9, I started playing tier one hockey for the Junior Flyers. Iam an Assistant Captain playing varsity ice hockey for my High School. I also have been working for the Junior Flyers assistant teaching a few youth hockey programs. I knew from the minute I could skate that “Hockey” was special. I am truly passionateand dedicated to this sport. Anyone who has played hockey knows it is not for the weak. Hockey has occupied my time for almost 14 years, it is my world and has molded me into the person I am today.
Hockey has taught me to be responsible and to work hard to become the best player I can be. It has made me embrace being a part of a team and working together for the common goal. I have learned communication skills, respect, a never give upmindset, how to be humble, a passion to compete at a high level and a strong drive for continued improvement. It has made me appreciate the sacrifices people have made so I can play the sport I love. The opportunity to mentor and inspire the young kids I teach brings a big smile to my face. It is an amazing feeling to see their smiles when then learn new skills and succeed. I can only hope that by working with them, they too will learn to love the sport as much as I do
A coach once told me, hockey is a gift that could be taken awayat any time, but an education will be with me forever. His words stayed with me, which is why continuing my education is so important to me. I am interested in pursuing a degree in business with a focus on finance and investing. I think it is something I would really enjoy. Who knows, perhaps I will have a hockey rink of my own someday! The opportunity to play hockey at a college level while getting my degree is a dream. I have the discipline, drive and time-management stills to be successful on the ice and in the classroom. My strong enthusiasm for hockey, my work ethic, and desire to win on the ice, will hopefully, influence my coaches to allow me to be a major contributor to my team and school.
I am excited and look forward to a bright future. I know I have what it takes to be a successful and will work hard to make everyone who believes in me proud. Hockey gives me apurpose in life and an opportunity to get a degree and continue to play the sport I love through my college years and beyond is very important to me.