Meet Ryder Patten
Florida Junior Blades (USPHL)
5’9 150 Pounds
Tell us about your hometown, family, and hobbies
I am from Drayton Valley, AB, I’ve lived there my whole life with my parents and two brothers. I enjoy going to the gym with my buddies and spending time at the outdoor rink during the winter.
How did you originally begin playing hockey (what age as well) and what is your favorite memory from when you were younger?
I started playing back in 2009 when I was 5 years old. My favourite memory from when I was younger would either be the first time we went to provincials in Falher, AB or competing in Alberta Cup!
What team do/did you play for? What was your favorite part of the season?
I am currently playing for Florida Junior Blades and my favourite memory so far would be the Turkey cup which is a 3 on 3 tournament between my team for American Thanksgiving.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
My top goal would ultimately be to get a scholarship out of hockey to ensure I get an education.
How important is school from your perspective? Why is it that way?
School from my perspective is one of the most important aspects of my life as it can decide my future successes.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
It would mean the world and complete a childhood dream to play at a level as high as NCAA or professional hockey.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
What separates me from the rest of my peers is my ability to play levelheaded. This skill ensures I play at the highest level as well as not being afraid to make mistakes during practice that way I can continue to better myself as a player.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports career? (Community, team, success, etc.)
Simple, I want to do whatever it takes to help my team win, whatever role the team needs me to play, I’ll do it. Outside of the rink I love being involved in the community and volunteering my time wherever I can as I believe it is an important aspect every player needs.
One fun fact about yourself.
I’m scared of lakes, rivers, oceans, etc. I used to swim competitively, but I’m terrified of fish, etc.