Date of Birth August 14, 2004
Hometown St. Albert, AB, CAN
Current Team Fernie Ghostriders (KIJHL)
Weight 160 lbs
What are some of your main goals within the game over the next 5 years?
Growing up Hockey was always a major part of my life, It was how I made lifelong friends and filled a vast majority of my time from the age of 4. As I’ve gotten older hockey has continued to increase in importance in my life. In the next 5 years of my hockey career, I have both short and long-term goals. In the short term, I want to focus on making the big jump to junior A hockey in western Canada next season. This year I have focused on personal growth and development while playing Jr B in the Kijhl, I think I have drastically improved multiple areas of my game including my physicality and play on the defensive side of the puck. My longer-term goals are having a successful 19-year-old and 20-year-old season playing in jr A. This means having 2 hard-working summers and committing to training hard on and off the ice, also eating to properly fuel my body. Past junior my longer-term goal is to play post-secondary hockey.
Why are these your goals? Why are they important to you? What would it mean to achieve them?
My goal since I was a young kid was to be able to have my education paid for while playing hockey. Combining hockey and academics would mean the world to me because it combines the two things I have put the most effort into my life.
What separates you as a player and person? What are some areas requiring work? How do you continue to get better?
I think that I differ greatly as a person as opposed to a player. As a person, I am much calmer and easygoing verses as a player I am extremely intense and ultra-competitive. I despise losing and love winning more than anything in the world. One of the areas that I continue to work on as both a person and a player is taking and building off of constructive criticism. When I was younger, I was too often crushed and discouraged when I received negative or constructive feedback on my game from coaches. I allowed it to sap my confidence. As I have gotten older unfortunately I experienced being cut from multiple teams. Instead of letting it crush me, I have learned to take constructive feedback and learned to use it to help myself improve. It is still a working progress for me and is a skill that I think is very important.
What do you bring to any team you play for? What could a coach expect from you if they selected you for their roster?
If a coach was to select me on their team they would be chosen g a player who is comfortable playing in any situation whether it be killing penalties or creating offence on the power play. I am a player who comes to the rink every day striving to improve and become a more well-rounded player. One of my biggest strengths is my speed and I am able to use that to create offensive chances for both me and my linemates. As a smaller player, I pride myself on protecting the puck and being elusive all over the ice. Off the ice, I believe that I bring leadership. I have received letters from a majority of teams in minor hockey and I continue to try to bring that leadership into junior hockey.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports career? (Community, team, success, etc)
In my hockey career, apart from winning, I want to spread my love of the game to others. Growing up around hockey I want nothing more than to spread the love that I feel for this great sport to the younger generation. In the summer months, I enjoy volunteering in youth hockey camps and seeing young kids fall in love with hockey.
What do you believe separates the best players in the world? What attributes/intangibles define them?
I think there are many things that set great players apart from average players, but I think one rises above the rest. The thing that makes great players great is the ability to make the players around them better. This is the result of many things combined, including hockey sense and being able to see the ice differently than the players around them. Using these skills great players are not only able to create elite plays for themselves but also for their teammates.
Favorite thing about the game (on or off ice)?
For me, my favourite thing about playing hockey is all the incredible people I have met throughout my career. I have learned that no matter where you are or what level you play there are incredible people everywhere in hockey. Many of the people that I have met have become my closest friends and my coaches have become some of my biggest mentors. Hockey has put me in contact with people who will be a part of my life for a long time and I am very lucky to get to play this great game.
- 2021-22 St.Albert Nektar Raiders U18AAA – Assistant Captain