Tell us about your hometown, family, and hobbies.
I have grown up just south of Calgary in Foothills, Alberta with my parents and older brother, Hayden. Away from the rink I enjoy surfing, golfing, and dirt biking.
How did you originally begin playing hockey (what age as well) and what is your favorite memory from when you were younger?
I started organized hockey at 4 years old, but started skating at 2 years old on our backyard rink. I am proud to say that I am one of two players to win both the Peewee Prospects Cup and Alberta Cup, but another great memory from Atom would be winning a game against the tournament favorites in Canal Flats with mismatched jerseys, taped on player numbers and only 8 skaters and a goalie because the rest of the team (and team jerseys) were delayed due to a snowstorm.
Who is your favorite NHL player and who do you model your game after? Why?
My favorite NHL player is the Canadiens’ Josh Anderson. I model my game after him because he is a great skater, an offensive threat who goes hard to the net, is a physical presence and defensively responsible.
What team do/did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
My last season with games would be with the Okotoks Oilers U16AAA Team. We were a force to be reckoned with: 30 wins, 6 ties and only 1 loss. The highlight for me was scoring the game winning goal in the final game to be crowned the Sutter Cup South Champions. Unfortunately, COVID prohibited us from heading into Provincials as the team to beat.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
My goal is to play at the highest level possible and would love to someday make a living playing the sport I love.
How important is school from your perspective? Why is it that way?
School is crucial for me because it’s something that opens doors for the future. I also believe that it isn’t the only way to become successful and keep my mind open to developing in multiple areas in order to open doors for my future.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
Playing at the NCAA or Pro level means that my hard work and sacrifices are paying off and would provide more motivation to see how far my work would take me.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
I pride myself on playing a complete game at a good pace, bringing a high compete level and consistently playing this way. This separates me from other players. I believe that there are 2 things you can control; your work ethic and attitude, and I will use that to push myself even when things aren’t going my way.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports career? (Community, team, success, etc.)
To push myself and my teammates, develop friendships and to apply the life lessons from hockey inside and outside of the rink.
One fun fact about yourself.
I make the best hamburger sauce.