Meet Daniel Ganert
Estevan U18 AAA (SMAAAHL)
“5,11” 195 Pounds – Forward
Tell us about your hometown, family, and hobbies:
My hometown is Fox Valley, Saskatchewan, where I live with my mom and my dad. I have three older brothers who have all moved out. I enjoy woodworking as well as building and fixing computers.
How did you originally begin playing hockey (what age as well) and what is your favorite memory from when you were younger?
I began playing hockey when I was 2 years old. My parents originally just wanted to put me on skates. Out on the rink I saw older kids with a stick and I demanded one for myself. My favourite memory from hockey is scrimmaging with all my friends and all my brother’s older friends for hours at a time during Christmas break when we were kids.
What team do/did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
I play for the Estevan U18 AAA Bears and so far my favourite part of the season was our first overnight road trip to Prince Albert because it was great opportunity to bond with my new teammates.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
My top goals as a student athlete are to play Junior A my first year out of U18, while taking University classes, and ultimately receiving a scholarship and playing in the NCAA.
How important is school from your perspective? Why are they your top goals?
School is of #1 importance for me as I believe that education will last my whole life, but hockey may not, so it is important for me to put in as much effort in the classroom as I do on the ice. A good education will also bring many opportunities, and I want to set myself up for success.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro Level?
To play at the NCAA level would mean reaching my ultimate goal as I would be able to continue doing what I love while also getting a degree in Engineering.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
What separates me as a player and person is that I believe mental health is very important, if not the most important aspect of my life and my training. Being mentally tough allows me to be at the top of my game all the time, not let adversity affect me, and push past doubtful thoughts. I continue to get better by pushing myself past the point of being tired and sticking to a routine every single day.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports career? (Community, team, success, etc)
In my sports career, I hope to impact young kids in my community to take up hockey and work hard in it. I hope to be a leader on all teams that I play for and be a guy that everyone can talk to if they are struggling and lead that team to winning.
One fun fact about yourself?
A fun fact about me would be that I have moved to a different city 4 times in my life, all for hockey.