Tell us about your hometown, family and hobbies.
I live in Edmonton, Alberta with my mom, dad, and sister. My hobbies include other sports such as golf, basketball and football, along with spending time with friends and family.
How did you originally begin playing hockey (what age as well) and what is your favorite memory from when you were younger?
I have been playing hockey as long as I can remember, and since the age of 5 I have been drawn towards the sport. My favorite hockey memory is going to my first out of town tournament in the mountains and playing games and having fun in the hotel with my teammates
Who is your favorite NHL player and who do you model your game after? Why?
My favorite NHL player is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as he plays for my hometown and favorite team, the Oilers. He impacts the game in many different ways and plays his role to perfection in playmaking, scoring and defending at a high level while making others around him better. I model my game after Joe Pavelski, as he is a hardworking all around player who can put pucks in the net in a variety of ways, while also distributing to his teammates at a high rate as well. He plays in all situations of the game, which is the type of player I aspire to be.
What team did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
This last season I played for Southside Athletic Club U18 AAA where we went undefeated through 4 games before our season was unfortunately canceled. My favorite part from the season was our first game where I was shaking from excitement and on our first shift my linemate scored, and then the following shift I scored. This was a great way to start a season after a long wait through the summer.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
As a student athlete my main goal is to attend post secondary school while playing hockey.
This is my top goal because it would mean I could progress in hockey while completing my school.
How important is school from your perspective? Why is it that way?
School is something that I recognize the value in. My marks are something that I know can determine where I can attend post secondary. Consistently working in school throughout my life has helped me balance different things such as hockey and enjoying hobbies.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
Playing at a pro or NCAA level would mean everything to me. To know that I am playing at the top level of hockey would mean the world to me. I would know all the effort and the passion I have put in throughout my life has paid off.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
What separates me as a player and a person is the way I work with others. I excel In the dressing room helping establish a good culture throughout a team and being in the classroom problem solving with others. As a person I am someone who always puts effort in and am not known to quit or not give full effort when doing something. While playing hockey, I am a player who can play in all situations and perform at a high level. My coachability and ability to buy into a system that a coach has set in place is what separates me from most. The work I do in the gym is also something that I feel separates me, as I spend lots of time and effort in the gym trying to get stronger. I plan on continuing to improve myself through listening to others and their opinions and asking questions on how I can improve and what I may need to improve on. My approach in the gym will continue to get better through a balance of learning and nutrition.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports career? (Community, team, success, etc)
The impact I look to have is the impact of always being the best teammate possible and pushing others to be their best. Also, I’d like to continue pushing myself to be the best version of myself. Helping in the community is something I have done in the past and expect to continue doing throughout the rest of my sports career.
One fun fact about yourself.
I played the tuba throughout junior high.