When I took my first step onto the ice I was about two, I became devoted to skating. After I moved to Minnesota I started figure skating and grew my strength in balance and edging. I learned soon enough that I wanted a team environment and more action, figure skating wasn't making the cut. This was the start of my hockey career in rural Minnesota. After a month or two of playing hockey, I learned that hockey was not only a team sport but a family sport. I learned that my family was also dedicated to helping me better my play and soon we were traveling Minnesota to play games. Playing in Minnesota became the foundation of my hockey career.
My family then relocated to Colorado, and soon after I joined a hockey team well into its season, that year became my transition year to better connect with my team and develop my skills through another coaches eyes.
Moving to Colorado not only opened up opportunities for hockey but for some of my other passions as well. This includes playing Viola in the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra, playing softball on my high school team, and guiding my 14-foot cataraft through some of the best white water in the country. Viola taught me how to read music and look ahead of what I am reading to see what is coming next, softball taught me that I am one working piece in a collective effort, and rafting taught me how to read the river and see where I needed to go. My skills in my other extracurricular activities helped me analyze the game of hockey. Reading the ice, teamwork, and reading the other players to find the opportunities to strike. During my high-school career, I learned to balance all of my passions on top of a rigorous academic schedule.
With my academic schedule, I fell in love with science and all things involving science, and I love to jam as much science into my schedule as possible. In my college career, I plan to pursue a science-related degree.
Currently, I am playing 16AA and 19A. Previously, my Aspen 14AA team took second place in states and then won regional's to proceed to Nationals for the Rocky Mountain region. During the 2017-18 season, my Aspen 16AA team won states, regional's and proceeded to Nationals. I am proud to say that my goal against the #5 seed in the Nation resulted in the game ending in a tie. We then proceeded to win the game in an overtime shoot out. My aspiration is to return to Nationals again on my Aspen 16AA team, for the competitive play and the camaraderie. I am looking at playing college hockey along with obtaining a science-related degree.
Through my twisted schedule and supportive family life, hockey has driven me to balance and love everything that I do.