Tell us about your hometown, family and hobbies.
I grew up in Airdrie and then moved to Calgary when I was 13. I live with my dad, mom, two sisters and a dog. My dad is on his second career as a homebuilder after retiring from the company that he started, ZyTech Building Systems. My mom is from Florida and is in holistic nutrition school. My 21 year old sister is in business school at SAIT and my 15 year old sister is in grade 11 this year and plays soccer. We live near water, so we enjoy wakesurfing and riding the seadoos. Other activities I enjoy are golf and playing basketball.
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 when I was 7. I loved playing mini sticks at home while watching the Flames games. My parents put me into skating lessons and eventually I got signed up for hockey. Some of my favorite memories were tournaments in different parts of Western Canada and mini sticks in the hotel hallways.
Who is your favorite NHL player and who do you model your game after? Why?
I model my game after Sebastian Aho because he is a very solid two way winger/centre that is a great passer and playmaker. He has a high skill level and is a very good skater. He can kill penalties and be impactful on power plays. I like to model my game like this because to win hockey games you need players that can excel at both ends of the ice.
What team did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
I played my first Junior season with the Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) last year and I will be returning this coming season. Unfortunately, we didn’t get many games in because of covid, but my favorite part of the season was my first Junior A game in Drumheller. Even with a limited number of fans due to covid, the energy/atmosphere was a super exciting thing to experience.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
My top goals as a student athlete have always been to play Division 1 hockey and graduate with a degree in business. These are my goals because I understand there is life after hockey, which is why education is very important to me. I think playing college hockey is the best route for myself to have a successful life and to prepare me for my future.
How important is school from your perspective? Why is it that way?
School is very important to me. From grades 6-12 I went to Edge School, which is a school for student athletes. Grades are very important and competitive in this school. We were taught from a young age how to balance workload with hockey and the importance of it. We had to balance daily practice, workouts, and academics along with approximately 50 games in which we traveled all over Canada in the CSSHL, along with a tournament to the US annually. If we didn’t maintain a certain grade point average we didn’t play, so we learned early on to prioritize academics.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
Playing at the Pro or NCAA level would mean everything to me. I have dreamt of playing college hockey since I began playing competitively. It would mean all of the hours of training and preparing have gotten me to my goal. A great education and being part of a team and all of the camaraderie that comes with it. Lifelong friendships and learning hockey and life lessons from some of the best coaches.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
I think what separates me as a player is my work ethic and speed. Every coach I have played for comments very highly on those two parts of my game. My work ethic is connected to the type of person I am. I believe there is no point in doing something if you’re not going to put 100% effort into it. My speed is something that has improved immensely every season. I have always been one of the fastest on every team I have played for, which is why I am very successful on forechecks and backchecks.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports career? (Community, team, success, etc)
I continue to get better by always trying to learn and always giving my all to whatever I am working on that day, whether it is an ice time, cardio session, or weight session. I work with different coaches during the summer on and off the ice. My ice times throughout the summer consist of power skating, small area games, and skill sessions. Off the ice I spend a lot of time working on sprints to maximize my speed, as well as weight lifting everyday. I also watch college games and videos to learn from other players.
I am looking to have a successful NCAA career and play in Europe after that, or start a business. I am looking to get a business degree and be involved in the community. I believe community involvement is very important when getting on your feet because of the connections and friendships you create.
One fun fact about yourself.
I am a USA-Canada dual citizen & also good at juggling.