Team: Tri-City Storm, USHL
Hometown: Okemos, MI
Birth Year: 1998
Weight: 185 lbs
Chosen Attribute: Excellence
Why is this important to you?
Excellence is an important virtue that I am passionate about, and one I strive for everyday in everything that I do. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
This is one of my favorite verses because it reminds me that no matter what I do from playing hockey, doing homework or even washing the dishes, to do it to the best of my God-given ability, and to do it to glorify and bring honor to His name. As hockey players, we have been given the ability and talents to play the great game of hockey.
Though I feel very fortunate that this is the gift I have been given, I realize that it wasn’t given to me for my personal gain. Rather, I have been given these abilities and talents for the purpose of glorifying God and furthering His kingdom.
As a Christian, accepting the responsibility of using my God-given talents means giving my all in every aspect surrounding hockey. This means working every minute and second of training to strengthen and condition my body so I can become better, it means stepping on the ice and competing like Jesus, the greatest warrior ever, and it means serving others and being an example off ice.
By striving for excellence in all I do, with the gifts I’ve been given, I am able to honor and glorify God, point others to Him and enjoy the greatest game on earth along the way.
Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us?
I’ve been apart of FCA and FCA Hockey for 4 years. Beginning my freshman year of highschool, I began participating in FCA meetings in my hometown school. Once I moved away from home to play junior hockey I began participating in video-conferenced meetings with other players from across the country. I attended my first FCA hockey camp my freshman year of highschool which was “Team FCA” and later that summer I played on the FCA Chowder Cup Team.
The past two summers I have attended the college/pro camp. I have really enjoyed being part of the camp for the obvious hockey and training, but more importantly the spiritual side of it. I consider myself a Christian that plays hockey, and it has been awesome spending time with other strong Christians that are gifted in hockey. It has been a great experience witnessing some of the pro guys amazing love for God. Watching them I have seen their drive to not only hone their hockey skills, but to always be furthering their relationship with God, because that is the most important thing.
What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is it important to you?
My favorite scripture verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways submit yourself, and he will make your path straight.”
This verse is important to me because in our hockey careers and lives there are so many times when things happen that we don't understand or when there may be doubts, fears or insecurities that arise. God tells us to give it all to him because He is an Almighty God that has a plan for us and our lives, Before we were born, God knew everything about us, about our life and his plan for us. We must become obedient to His will for our life, in hockey and in all we do and trust fully in Him.
How did you hear about FCA Hockey?
I learned about FCA Hockey from a family friend, whose son had previously attended a camp.
What else should we know about you (future goals in hockey, family members, what church do you go to, favorite stuff outside of hockey, etc.
Family is very important to me. Fortunately, I grew up in a Christian family, and am the youngest of three children. My two older sisters; Rachael (24) and Bella (21) both graduated from Hope College in Holland Michigan. Our family attends New Hope Non-Denominational Church in Haslett, Michigan. I will be graduating at the end of May from Kearney High School, the school I have been attending while playing for the Tri-City Storm.
I am committed to the University of Denver, where I look forward to playing hockey and completing my education. My goals while playing hockey at DU are to win at least one National Championship, earn a degree in business from the Daniel’s College of Business and ultimately sign a professional contract. When I am not on the ice I love to enjoy my family and friends, golf, fish and spend time at Lake Michigan.