Tell us about your hometown, family and hobbies.
My hometown is Fort McMurray, Alberta. Fort McMurray is a very hard working community with a great passion for sports and especially hockey. In my family there is my mom (Paula), my dad (Mike), my brother (Griffin), and my dog (Gigi). My little brother is 14 years old and also plays goalie. My hobbies consist of hanging out with friends, working out, and playing different sports with my brother and my friends.
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 because as soon as I was born my older cousin always wanted me to be able to play hockey with him. Ever since I could crawl he would always have me holding a mini stick, trying to teach me to play. I played my first year of organized hockey when I was four years old. My favorite hockey memory from when I was younger was first year Atom when I made the AA team and got to get our team bags and pant shells.
Who is your favorite NHL player and who do you model your game after? Why?
My favourite NHL player is Juuse Saros. I also model my game after Juuse Saros, as we are similar in size, so I feel that we have to play a similar style and technique to be able to have success. Juuse is an elite level skater. He is so powerful and agile in his skating, which allows him to beat passes on his feet and be square to every puck. Skating is an area I feel I am strong in and also an area I want to continue to improve in.
What team do/did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
I play for my hometown team, the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, in the AJHL. My favorite part of the season to date, is how close our group of guys are and the early success our team has had.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
My top goals as a student athlete are to be able to attain a strong education while also getting the opportunity to continue to play hockey at one of the highest levels possible. These are my main goals as a student athlete, as I am able to still play great hockey while also setting myself up for success after hockey is done.
How important is school from your perspective? Why is it that way?
In my perspective, the importance of school to me is vital and the most important priority. My perspective is this way because hockey ends for everyone at some point and for some people you never know when that day will come, so it is critical to have a strong education to be able to fall back on when hockey does end.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
To be able to have the privilege to play hockey at the NCAA and then Professional level would mean the world to me. Ever since I was a little kid, I have idolized players at both of these levels and always wanted to be able to be in their shoes one day. I would spend hours on YouTube searching to find any videos I could watch to see how these players trained, how they did things, and what their lives were like. It would be a dream come true for me to be able to make it to these levels.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
What separates me as a player is my habits, technique, and my work ethic. I have a very strong work ethic both on and off the ice. On the ice, I put a large emphasis on the little details of my position as those are the things that will allow me to have success and separate myself from the other goalies especially due to my size. Off the ice, I pride myself in the way I take care of my body and finding ways I can get better. Examples are the way I warmup and cooldown after skates or workouts, daily mobility, recovery, the foods and liquids I consume, training my eyes for tracking pucks, and also finding ways to become stronger mentally. As a person, what separates me from others is my maturity and friendliness to everyone. I am a mature person who is always open to talk to anyone and is always kind and respectful. I continue to improve myself as a person as I am always open to criticism from others, and always trying to become more approachable to others.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports career? (Community, team, success, etc)
I am looking to make a big impact during my sports career in my home community and also wherever else I end up playing. I also want to be a large contributor to my team’s success, and also have my own individual success. I want to be a great role model for all the young athletes that are in my community.
One fun fact about yourself.
One fun fact about myself is that I have lived in 4 different places since grade 9.