Indigenous Hockey Academy (CSSHL)
“6’2” 170 Pounds
2005 DOB – Forward
Tell us about your hometown, family and hobbies.
I live on the Lac La Ronge Indian Reserve, located next to the town of La Ronge and village of Air Ronge, in north central Saskatchewan with my mom and dad. I have two older siblings who are young adults and live on their own. Almost all my paternal and maternal family live in the La Ronge area. For hobbies, I like to golf, rollerblade, and go to the local fitness center.
How did you originally begin playing hockey (what age as well) and what is your favourite memory from when you were younger?
I first started skating when I was five years old at our new rink on the reserve and my first organized hockey was in the Initiation Program (IP). My favourite memory when I was younger was traveling to play in tournaments down south.
Who is your favourite NHL player and who do you model your game after? Why?
My favourite hockey player is Connor McDavid because of his incredible speed and skill. I like to model my game after Evgeni Malkin because he is a typical power forward who is big and strong. He is a physical player who can score goals and be a playmaker, which I think resembles my game.
What team do/did you play for? What was your favorite part from the season?
This past season I played for the Indigenous Sports Academy U17 Prep Eagles. My favourite part was bussing to Calgary for tournaments and also flying to Victoria for a tournament. On these occasions, we got to see the mountains and ocean, where we did some team-bonding activities.
What are your top goals as a student athlete? Why are they your top goals?
My top goal as a student-athlete is to achieve high academic success while succeeding on the ice as well. I want to use my hockey skills and assets to help me pursue college hockey.
How important is school from your perspective? Why is it that way?
School is very important in my opinion because once your competitive hockey career comes to an end, you will need an education to fall back on. A University education will open up so many opportunities for me. My plan is to attain an engineering degree.
What would it mean to you to play at the NCAA or Pro level?
To play in the NCAA or any pro level would mean that I’ve achieved my personal goals that I have set out for myself while playing a good caliber of hockey.
What separates you as a player or person? How do you continue to get better?
What separates me as a player from most players is a good size and what separates me as a person from others is my character, respect, fair play, and respect for the rules, as I believe I play hard and fair.I continue to get better by asking coaches how to improve various aspects of my game. I also continue to get better by putting in hard work off the ice, in the gym.
What impact are you looking to have in your sports careers (community, team, success, etc.)
The impact I am looking to have in my sports career is to be a role model for First Nations youth. I am also looking to make my community proud for all of the support they’ve given me throughout the years.
One fun fact about yourself.One fun fact about me is I play elite level Softball and have won a few championships. In the summer, I travel anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hours, two to three times a week, to attend practices and games.