I love playing hockey and cannot imagine going thru college without playing the game. Being on the ice every day and competing against my friends and teammates at practice. The love of hockey started when I was eight playing pond hockey with my brother who encouraged me to make the jump to organized hockey.
Playing hockey taught me many life lessons and helped me to be the person that I am now.
The first lesson I learned was after my first year of playing organized hockey. At the end of the season I was cut from the team and all my friends made it. I was devastated, but instead of giving up this inspired me to work harder and I made the Junior Eagles club team. As my mom always says when one door closes another one opens up.
Hockey helped me become a better student, with all the practices and games I learned the importance of discipline and time management. Knowing that after I finish all my school work I could get on the ice for practice and that was the ultimate reward.
I also learned about perseverance. On the eagles team we missed going to Nationals two years by loosing states twice in overtime, once in the finals and another time in the semi finals. But we kept working hard as a team and this year we won states and we are playing in Nationals.
I love the comradery on the team and I see my teammates as my sisters.
I also learned the rewards of hard work. I have spent the last two summers getting up at 6:00 A.M. every morning of the week for hockey camp and workout and this helped me to become a better player.
The biggest lesson I learned was mental toughness, focusing on this things that I can control and forgetting about all the uncontrollable distractions.
With all the lessons that I learned I believe that I can be a very successful college student athlete.