Meet Carter Bergen
Warman U15 AA SAAHL
Forward – 2007 DOB
Tell us about your hometown, family and hobbies.
I am from a small town in Saskatchewan called Hague. I live a block away from the Arena and ODR, so I pretty much spend all my time there in the winter and summer. In the summer I rollerblade on the ODR. My hobbies are hanging out with friends, working out, golfing and spending time on the ice. I’ve got an older and a younger brother that both play hockey, so it gets pretty competitive on the ice.
How did you originally begin playing hockey (what age as well) and what is your favourite memory from when you were younger?
My dad would always take me to the rink to do some public skating when I was about 2 years old. They put me into hockey at 4 years old. I loved it from the beginning even though I was not the greatest I did not want to quit. The next year I was much better and I started to really like the game. My favorite memory is when I got to play on my older brother’s team twice, once in Atom as a 2nd year Novice player and once in Peewee as a 2nd year Atom player and we won the league gold medal both times.
Who is your favourite NHL player and who do you model your game after? Why?
My Favorite NHL player is Nikita Kucherov because his shot is insane and he is also super smart. He is also who I model my game after because I have a good shot and I can make smart plays and have good hockey IQ.
What team do/did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
I play for the U15 AA Warman Wildcats. My favorite part about the season is having Coach Mike Babcock and some of the U of S Huskies run a practice for our team at Merlis Belsher Place, it was a pretty awesome experience and I learned a lot from him and the drills he ran. Working hard and having fun with the guys and getting better as a team and as a player.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
My top goals as a student athlete would be to work hard at making sure my grades are very good. I want to play a high level of hockey and that will help me along the way with working towards my goals. I want to show people on and off the ice that I am always working hard at what I do and am putting in the work to get there. I am determined and want to do my best at everything and I think that will help me in achieving these goals. I would like to work with athletes in the future as a sport physiotherapist.
How important is school from your perspective? Why is it that way?
To me school is super important because if I am working my hardest at getting really good grades it will create opportunities later on in the future and I hope I can play hockey while doing it.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
It would mean a lot to me; school and hockey are both very important to me and I think it would be amazing to be able to do both at a high level.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
What separates me is I have always had excellent hockey IQ and been a leader on and off the ice. I am always working my hardest at improving my game and learning and taking advice. I create good opportunities for my teammates on the ice and I use my speed and smarts to make good plays. I like to strategize, and I always keep my emotions in check during the game.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports careers (community, team, success, etc.)
I want people to know what kind of person I am on and off the ice, and to be talked about as a player that never quits, a team player and is always working his hardest to accomplish his goals. I want kids to look up to me and be a good role model for them in their own games.