Tell us about your hometown, family and hobbies.
I love to work-out, and hockey is one of the biggest aspects of my life
My Dad is in the Air Force, so we’ve moved a lot. I was born in Cold Lake, but also lived in Winnipeg, Comox on Vancouver Island, and Lac La Biche, Alberta. I would consider my home town to be Bonnyville, where I lived from age 12 (2016) to 15 (2019). In 2019-2020 I lived in Fort Sask, and 2020-21 I lived in Sherwood Park. I have a younger brother and a golden retriever.
How did you originally begin playing hockey (what age as well) and what is your favorite memory from when you were younger?
I learned to skate when I was 3 years old. I started playing hockey at age 5. At age 9, I decided to try goaltending, I loved it and stuck with it from then on. My favorite memory was the opportunity to go to Alberta Cup at age 14.
Who is your favourite NHL player and who do you model your game after? Why?
My favorite NHL player is Carey Price. I try to model my game after him because he is calm, consistent and focused at all times. He is very positional and can make a save when his team needs it most. He is extremely valuable to his team.
What team do/did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
I played for Sherwood Park Kings, U18 AAA last year. As with other hockey players, the season was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and I was disappointed by a lack of ice time and games with my team.The best part of the season was working with my goalie coach, Kurtis Mucha and my team coach, Travis Clayton. Representing the U18 AAA team also gave me the opportunity to separate myself from the crowd.
The highlight of my U16 season was getting experience playing at an elite level.
The highlight of my Bantam AA season was getting the league’s top goalie award, and going undefeated in regular season.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
To receive a division one scholarship and set myself up for the future. I haven’t decided what I want to study in university, but in high school my favorite subjects are math, sciences and social studies.
How important is school from your perspective? Why is it that way?
Post-secondary school is an investment in yourself for the future.
My parents both continuously improve their knowledge and skills throughout their careers. In the long run, education will give me a more rewarding career, and more power to help other people.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
That would be huge ! I plan to be a Division One Goalie in the NCAA and then play professionally, which has been my dream since I was a kid. I want to be the best I can be in hockey.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
I am very consistent with my effort with school, workouts and on the ice as a goalie. I have worked with the same goalie coach for several years and I trust and listen to what he tells me to work on. I don’t expect any achievements to come my way without hard work.
I am persistent in my drive to improve and I won’t let anything stop me.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports career? (Community, team, success, etc)
I will continue to play a competitive game with maximum effort towards team success. Regardless of the outcome of the last game, my focus will remain on winning the next game and the next series. Humble leadership and serving my community are values expressed by Rick Swan to the Bonnyville Pontiacs and I also strongly believe in those values. In the AJHL, you not only play for the team, you play for the community you live in and the reputation of the whole league.
I also want to be able to make a difference off the ice.
One fun fact about yourself.
I have lived in 9 houses in 3 provinces (AB, BC, MN) and haven’t lived anywhere longer than 3 years.