Meet Luke Rothfos
Leduc Oil Kings U18 AAA AEHL U18
“6’1” 174 Pounds
2004 DOB – Forward
Tell us about your hometown, family and hobbies.
I was born and raised in Devon Alberta with my mom, dad, and older sister. I have a Shorkie named Lily who is the fifth member of our family. I like to ride my dirt bike with my dad and go fishing and camping with my family. I enjoy playing baseball, golfing and quite often play tennis with my family. We like to go on warm vacations when we can to places like Cuba or Mexico.
How did you originally begin playing hockey (what age as well) and what is your favourite memory from when you were younger?
I started playing hockey at the age of 4. My dad took me to public skating and I saw some kids my age skating and using hockey sticks and I decided right at that moment that I wanted to do the same. The rest is history. My favourite memory was when we won the M15 AAA North Sutter Cup. We finished in the middle of the pack in the regular season before the playoffs, but then our team came together and we won it all in the end.
Who is your favourite NHL player and who do you model your game after? Why?
My favourite NHL player would have to be Nikita Kucherov. He has such a presence about him and he commands the game every time he is on the ice. I like the fact that he makes a difference in any situation he is put in and is a major part of a great team that has won back to back Stanley Cups.
What team do/did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
I played for the U18AAA Leduc Oil Kings in the AEHL league. My favourite part of the season was playing at the highest level of hockey for my age and the competition it exposed me to. I knew I was playing the best players every time I stepped on the ice. Another favourite was that I was chosen for the award of “Unsung Hero” by my team at the end of the year. It felt good to be appreciated that way by my coaches and teammates.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
My top goal as a student athlete is to use hockey as vehicle to continue my athletic and academic career. I plan to go to university to earn a degree and play hockey at a Division 1 level. Allowing me to play hockey and go to school gives me the best of both worlds which is success in my mind.
How important is school from your perspective? Why is it that way?
School is very important to me because it gives me the tools for success that opens up endless possibilities. Education is empowering and gives me the resources to think and make decisions for myself. I come from a family of educators and I have grown up with it instilled in me.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
It would be such a great honour to play a that level. Going to post secondary school and playing hockey at the same time is a goal of mine. Playing Pro or making a career out of hockey for as long as I can would be very fulfilling and gratifying.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
What separates me as a player or person is persistence. I continually work my hardest at what I do. I believe that will accounts as much as skill in all the things I do. I continue to get better through the support of my family that surrounds me with people and resources I need. Continuing to be better is not taking these things for granted and putting them into practice at all times.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports careers (community, team, success, etc.)
I want to achieve the highest level in my sports career as possible and in turn give back to my team and community as much as possible. Success comes from all those factors around you like your parents, community that you are in, coaches, and teammates, etc. It is important to recognize all these factors and give back as much as you can to them whether is it volunteering in your community, being a supportive teammate or friend, or acknowledging the time and effort your team and coaches put into your success by working hard and doing your best.
One fun fact about yourself.
I’m an avid fan of Gordon Ramsay and consider myself a bit of a “foodie”.