Meet Jaxon Godwin
Okanagan Rockets U15 AAA (BCEHL U15)
“6’3” 180 Pounds
2007 DOB – Defence
Tell us about your hometown, family and hobbies.
I’m from Kelowna, BC, and I live with my mother and father. I love riding anything with wheels, including unicycles!
How did you originally begin playing hockey (what age as well) and what is your favourite memory from when you were younger?
I began playing hockey because I was always interested in skating and I would always play pass with balls in the backyard with my dad. I never knew that those 2 things could go together. After I first played the game with skates on my feet and a stick in my hands I knew I wanted to drop skiing to start playing hockey. One of my favorite memories from my early hockey years was in novice 2nd year when my coach asked who wanted to go goalie that game. I remember screaming no because I hated going in net. He then said “ok Jaxon is going in net today”. I remember crying so hard because I didn’t understand why he would make me go in net when I already said I didn’t want to. That also taught me a lesson to sometimes keep my mouth shut in certain situations.
Who is your favourite NHL player and who do you model your game after? Why?
My favorite NHL player is Nathan Mackinnon and I model my game after Erik Karlsson because of his offensive d man nature and amazing speed and a natural scoring touch. I strive to be like him because he is just as good at scoring goals as he is at preventing them.
What team do/did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
I played for OKR U15 AAA major bantam and currently I play for the u16 AAA warriors. My favorite part of the season was by far the playoffs. I felt like I really stepped up and produced for my team, I scored, got a few assists, but most importantly I played some lights out defense.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
My main goal as a student athlete is to get all my grades around 80% and get stronger and better as an athlete. These are my top goals because you have to be good in school to be able to be good in hockey
How important is school from your perspective? Why is it that way?
I think school is very important, both to me as a hockey player and as a person. I may not be the most academically inclined person but I try my hardest and pass all my classes with a little bit of help from teachers and peers.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
It would mean so much to me to play at an NCAA or pro-level knowing that all that work I put in in my younger years finally was starting to pay off and I may start to make some money back from all the money it took to get me there.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
I am different from other people and players because of a little bit of talent but mainly my hard work ethic and my drive to always get better at what I like to do. I continue to get better by always working hard in games and practice and always find extra ice times or summer camps.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports careers (community, team, success, etc.)
I want my sports career to change for the better by getting into an NCAA team or WHL team or any high level team that has good benefits and a good environment for me to grow and perform to the best of my abilities.
One fun fact about yourself.
I’m great at riding anything with wheels.