Hockey is one of the three major parts of my life. The other two are family and school. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love hockey. It seems like all I ever want to talk about, or watch, or do is hockey. No one would guess that it took my parents 3 years to convince me to even put on skates. But since the first time I stepped on the ice I have never wanted to get off.
In college I want not only to succeed on the ice but in the classroom as well. Even If I play pro hockey, it wouldn't last forever. A good education however would. It would enable me to be able to provide for myself even after my hockey career is over. My parents have always preached to me the importance of school and I understand that a good education is even more important than a good hockey career.
I am a good candidate for any team because I never quit no matter the situation, I bring leadership to the locker room and onto the ice through my play, I am very coach-able, and I am a great teammate. I was a born goal scorer but I am just as good at setting up my line mates and defending my own net. In fact I get more excited about good defensive plays that I make than good offensive plays that I make. I get just as excited about blocking a shot or taking away a slot pass as I do for scoring a late go ahead goal. Recently I changed teams and made the switch from center to wing which helped develop a new aspect of my game, quick transitions from defense to offense. Playing wing allowed me to read the play in the defensive end from a higher position in the zone and create quick breakaways and odd man rushes using my speed and vision which turned into good scoring chances for me and my teammates. It also helped me complete my defensive game and it put me in new situations on the ice helping me develop as a better player overall.
Being a black hockey player is hard. Being successful is even harder. There are not many players of color in the game but as I have grown older I have seen hope for a more diverse future. I have watched players like Dustin Byfuglien and P.K. Subban become top players in the NHL. There are still disadvantages but I pride myself on the way that I have still found ways to produce on the ice even through all the racism on the ice.
The biggest difference between me and all the other players is that nothing stops me. If I'm having a bad offensive game I focus on my defensive success and turn it into offensive success. I always am able to find a way to produce on the ice.