Tell us about your hometown, family and hobbies.
I was born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta where I also began my hockey career. I have one younger, and one older sister along with my Mom and Dad.
How did you originally begin playing hockey (what age as well) and what is your favorite memory from when you were younger?
Our family has always been very involved with hockey growing up which has led to lots of time at the rink, either watching my older sister play or being on the ice myself. I like to spend my time away from the rink by either improving my game by working out and working on the mental side of my game, or being able to go out and enjoy a round of golf. I initially fell in love with the game of hockey when I was four years old. I grew up either going to Oilers games, or watching them on tv, and always dreamed of being able to get the same opportunity as the players I grew up watching. Ever since I was young, my dad has had a large impact on me playing the game as he grew up playing hockey throughout his childhood as well. One of my favorite memories growing up was the experience of playing in a tournament and spending time with all of my teammates at the hotel and around the rink.
Who is your favorite NHL player and who do you model your game after? Why?
My favourite NHL player is Carey Price. I’ve always loved to watch him play and see how calm and smooth he is able to move around the crease. I have worked to model myself around Price through his ability to track pucks, and be in the perfect position to make the save. I also aspire to be able to play and move the puck to his ability, and make the correct play at the right time of the game.
What team did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
This last year I played for the LJAC U16 AAA Oil Kings out of Leduc, Alberta. My favorite part of this past season was getting the opportunity to play games at a high level and get back on the ice after a long break due to COVID-19.
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 at the highest level of college and professional hockey as I possibly can. Another goal of mine is to get a degree to set myself up for a good future. These are my top goals as a student athlete because I believe that getting a college degree is very beneficial for a successful future. At the same time, I want to take my hockey career to the next level while getting an education.
How important is school from your perspective? Why is it that way?
I have always believed that my academics are very important in order to get into college and move forward in life. I have continuously wanted to achieve the highest grades to the best of my ability, as I know how important they can be for my future as a student athlete.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
Having the opportunity to play in the NCAA or Professional levels would mean a lot to me as I have always had the goal to play at that high of a level. I understand that when playing at such a competitive level, there are many beneficial lessons you can gain from having that type of an experience, which many don’t get the opportunity to enjoy.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
What separates my game from those around me are my great abilities to track the puck and read upcoming plays. I also hold a great skating ability which allows me to move efficiently and effectively throughout my crease. I feel that what separates myself from many others is the kind of person I am off the ice. I find that I am always someone that is there for my teammates to talk to and someone who can bring positive energy to those around me. I am always trying to improve myself in many ways, such as working out off ice and pushing myself every time I get the opportunity to be on the ice.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports career? (Community, team, success, etc)
An impact that I want to have in my sports career is to always help those around me become better people and athletes as well. I continuously want to be someone who is uplifting and who enhances the people around me to become the best version of themselves.
One fun fact about yourself.
One fun fact about myself is that I am overly obsessive about having things neat and in order, almost to the point that my family thinks I have OCD.