Tell us about your hometown, family and hobbies.
I live in Sherwood Park with my parents, and I go to school in Fort Saskatchewan. My dad is a retired RCMP, and my mom is a registered nurse. My favorite pastime is to hang out with my friends playing hockey or doing some other sporting activity.
How did you originally begin playing hockey (what age as well) and what is your favorite memory from when you were younger?
I originally began playing hockey at the age of 5 when my friends started playing. My favorite memory from when I was younger is going to my first hockey tournament. I thought it was so cool to be traveling across Alberta to play hockey.
Who is your favorite NHL player and who do you model your game after? Why?
My favorite NHL player is Mark Stone from the Las Vegas Golden Knights. I model my game after Mark Stone as well. He is a leader, plays the game with intensity, and has a high hockey IQ; he’s big, fast, and uses his size well.
What team do/did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
Last year I played for the U18 AAA Fort Saskatchewan Rangers. The 2020-2021 season (last year) was different than any year before; I played 3 games, and playing those games was the best part of the year for me. We experienced hockey in a different way, hanging out in Zoom calls, learning about hockey skills, listening to guest speakers, and when we could go on the ice, working hard at learning drills.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
My top goals as a student-athlete are to get good grades in high school to go to college. My plan is to be successful in making an AJHL team and be scouted by an NCAA team. I want to take kinesiology and then branch off into physiotherapy, working in sports injury recovery. This is my top goal because I love sports, and to help those that have sustained injuries to help them recover to continue with their dreams, would be rewarding and fulfilling to me. School is very important to me. I understand that I must work hard to achieve my goals, and being focused and goal-orientated, makes me feel good, and I know I will be successful. I understand that my dreams will require me to work hard.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
To play NCAA is my current focus; I want to go to college and pursue a degree in physiotherapy, but to play Pro level hockey, that would be the icing on the cake. I would love to play professionally; I love this game; I eat, drink, sleep and live for hockey.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
What separates me as a player is that I know that it takes hard work and focus to be successful. I am willing to do the hard work and learn and grow as a hockey player, which will only make me a better person. To continue becoming a better hockey player, I am training three times a week with a personal trainer, twice a week I am running with a friend, and over the spring and summer, I will be attending training camps. I also know that a large part of being a well-rounded player is eating well, drinking lots of fluids, and getting lots of rest.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports career? (Community, team, success, etc)
The impact that I am looking to have in my sports career is to follow my advisor’s advice, work hard at school, and keep my eye on the prize of being the best hockey player I can be. I know that this involves hard work, but I have the determination to do the work.
One fun fact about yourself.
So, a fun fact about myself, one would describe me as an easy-going guy who likes to joke around, and I am a good friend. I was actually born in Edmonton when my dad worked in Olds, Alberta, which would technically mean that my hometown was Olds, and we then moved to Sherwood Park when I was 4 years old. I love to travel and experience new things. I am excited about this year in hockey and look forward to the new challenges ahead.