I went to my first AHL hockey game at the age of 5 and I chose a forward as my favorite player, hockey hero and inspiration. I immediately fell in love with the sport and after learning to skate, I began playing hockey at the age of six. I unexpectedly suffered a debilitating illness that took away the ability to walk from ages 10-12, and after fully recovering, I was determined to be the best hockey player I could be. Overcoming this obstacle, gave me a sense of purpose, determination and focus that is unmatched.
Currently I play at the Junior level for the Florida Eels Elite. This is my second season with the organization, and I have truly learned what it means to be a part of a team. The owner, coaches and players are all focused on the betterment of us as individual players and the team. We are constantly learning and pushing each other to be better than we were yesterday. Settling for okay, is not in the Eels vocabulary, striving for excellence is all we know.
As a hockey player, I understand that to be successful, a strong work ethic and unwavering commitment to the team is what sets me apart from others. I have been fortunate to have played for several great coaches and have taken what I have learned from each of them and continued to build my skillset. I consider my strengths to be determination, self-discipline, enthusiasm, being a person with great character and being coachable. On the ice, I consider my strengths to be passing, shooting, physical strength and I see myself as a strong skater.
My academic goals are to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. In my junior year of high school, I began to really understand the importance of education and continuing education. Math and science classes have always motivated me, and I found my love for learning when I took physics and Pre-Calc. A lightbulb went off and I have been more focused than ever before on becoming academically sound. Going to college and graduating, will give me the foundation and stability I need for a successful career.
In closing, my focus is finishing my senior year strong and move on to play collegiate hockey. My goal is to play for a university who strives for success for their players both on and off the ice. I am open to all options and want to find the right college match with the highest level of competition possible. I consider myself a self-starter who has the drive, passion, and skill to make a positive impact as an individual contributor and as a team member. I always give 110% on the ice, until the last buzzer goes off. My motto is you have to leave it out there like every game is your last - you have to make it count.