My Hockey Career Through the Years
The game of hockey has been an integral part of my life since the age of four. It has given me the opportunity to travel across the United States and Canada and has provided me with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Hockey has shaped who I am today by developing my leadership skills and instilling in me the qualities of hard work, sacrifice and dedication.
The last four years of my hockey career were split between two schools, the University of St. Thomas Tommies and the United States Military Academy Black Knights (Army West Point). Playing at West Point was a great experience and fulfilled my lifelong goal of playing Division I college hockey. After I decided the military life wasn’t for me, St. Thomas afforded me the opportunity to complete the last two years of my career at a great school with a special group of guys. Playing hockey in college offered me a great outlet for school-related stress and provided me friendships that will last a lifetime.
Playing in a game against Saint Mary's during my senior year at St. Thomas.
Playing in a game during my sophomore year at West Point.
Before college, I played two years of junior hockey, the route most players take today in hopes of playing at the highly competitive collegiate level. My first year was spent in Owatonna, Minnesota, playing on the Owatonna Express in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Following my first season of juniors, the team was bought by an ownership group out of Odessa, Texas and relocated there. I spent my second year playing for the Odessa Jackalopes in the south division of the NAHL. Both years I lived with a host family in the respective cities, just like I was another member of the family. I often decribe these two years of my life as ‘living the dream,’ due to the fact that my primary focus in life was on hockey.
Playing in a game during my second year of juniors in Odessa, Texas.
Playing in a game during my first year of juniors in Owatonna, Minnesota.
Prior to juniors, I played my high school hockey at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, Minnesota. It was truly an honor to play for the Pioneers, a storied program with 27 appearances in the Minnesota Boys' State Hockey Tournament. During my time at Hill, I was fortunate to be a part of two state tournament teams, including a third place finish during the 2009-2010 season, my senior year. To this day, my favorite hockey memory remains playing with my best friends at Hill-Murray in front of 19,000 people at the state tournament.
Playing in a game against North St. Paul during my senior year at Hill-Murray.
My fellow Hill-Murray seniors and me with our third place state tournament trophy.