In fifth grade we were asked to describe the difference between a dream and a goal. A dream is at the top and the goals are the steps you take to get to the dream. As long as I can remember, that dream has been to play hockey. That includes Juniors, College, and Professional hockey. I remember my dad picking me up from kindergarten and going to stick and pucks almost every day. From then on school and hockey have always been intertwined. As long as I continued to do well in school the opportunities in hockey kept appearing. Because I stayed ahead and had very good grades my parents were okay with me going away to tournaments and missing a couple days of school. I am still a 4.0 student and still stay ahead. I plan to continue this all the way through college to get a degree so there will be more opportunities once hockey comes to an end. I have played hockey for 13 years now and still love the competition and level of skill it takes to play such a beautiful game. In those 13 years I rarely missed a shift and haven't in the last 3 years of AA and AAA hockey. I have had a lot of wonderful experiences and successes. There have been multiple Silver Sticks, tournament, and state title wins, as well as individual successes such as State and regional camps. I have always tried to be a leader not only on the ice but off the ice as well with a strong work ethic and by leading by example. My parents have always heard from other parents and coaches that I am a remarkable person and one of the most coachable players they have ever had. Wherever I go I know I will be successful because of the character, grit, and determination I have to be the best hockey player, student, and person I can be.