Team: Buffalo Jr. Sabres 15U AAA
Hometown: Lockport, NY
Birth Year: 2003
Height: 5' 10”
Chosen Attribute: Serving
Why is this important to you?
Through my experiences playing hockey and growing to become a man, the most important thing that I’ve learned is that we’re always working for each other. We work each and every day to serve God through our actions and through our commitment to live a life that exemplifies the word of Our Lord.
Jesus died for all of us so that we may be forgiven and help guide others to the word of Christ. We not only have a responsibility to Christ we also have a responsibility to serve our family and our team. We are responsible for the actions that our family depends on us to do; I believe there’s an upmost importance on following through on the things we say we’re going to do and being a man of our word.
Last, but in no way least, we hold a responsibility to serve our team and each member of the team; whether in the weight room, never skipping or cheating repetitions, on the ice, never cutting corners in drills, or in practice and game preparation, always making sure to be prepared mentally and physically.
If you do cut corners, skip repetitions, or come to the rink unprepared, you’re not only cheating yourself but also betraying the members of your team by not upholding your oath to serve your brothers.
Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you?
Yes, I started with FCA three years ago when Cory Mickey, a guest instructor on the weekend, placed me on a scholarship to allow me to attend the Niagara University FCA camp. I’ve absolutely loved the FCA program since the first day of the first camp I attended.
I attended the Liberty Camp last year with my current defensive partner, Jacob Napier, and we both had an amazing time at the camp and it was an absolutely amazing experience. I learned the more about God, the man I wanted to be, and hockey at the Liberty Camp than I have at any other camp. The best part of the whole experience was when I got home and received a handwritten note that congratulated me on recommitting my life to Christ.
What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?
My favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 16:13. The verse reads, "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong”. I believe its first application to my life comes in the first phrase: “Be on your guard”, which to me says that there’s a lot of temptations to draw you away from God, your path to the highest level in hockey, and to stay committed to your family. Furthermore, the second application comes in the remaining three phrases: “Stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong”, which to me are optimized in the quote on my phone’s lock screen: “It isn’t about how hard you hit: it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
It’s how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” I believe these two quotes connect to each other because there are people and things that will try to knock you off your path but you must stay committed and be strong through all of that and continue being persistent.
How did you hear about FCA Hockey?
I heard about FCA through Cory Mickey who recommended me to my first FCA 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.)
The most important things in my life are God, family, hockey, and school. Standing alone, as the most important thing in my life is God. I attend the Chapel at Crosspoint on Sundays and have for about five years and had attended the Eastern Hills Church since I was baptized there. I’ve always felt at home in the church, in God’s place of worship. My family is comprised of my mom, Mandy, my dad, David, my sister, Julia, my dogs, Teddy and Clover, and me.
My parents provided me my opportunity to play; they work to help me obtain my goals even if it’s behind the scenes and for their efforts I’m extremely grateful. I attend the prestigious college preparatory school, Nichols School, where I’ve maintained highest honors throughout my two years at Nichols School. In my first year at Nichols I thrived while taking advanced physics, advanced geometry, advanced foundations of literature, advanced French 2, advanced ancient world history, and the freshman arts rotation. I maintained a 4.11 GPA in my freshman year and currently take advanced chemistry, advanced Algebra II and Trigonometry, advanced British literature, advanced French 3, AP World History, and computer programming.
I finished with a 4.26 GPA in my first quarter of my sophomore year (Nichols operates on a 4.33 GPA scale). Previous to attending Nichols School, I attended Starpoint (K-8) and achieved highest honors and being in the top 10% of my grade during every quarter of every year in Middle School (they didn’t keep track before then); I also ran varsity track and cross country as an 8th grader, beating out older upperclassman to earn my spot on the varsity teams in both sports. Ever since my first day playing hockey I’ve fell in love with the game.
I started playing when I was 6 with my house league team (Buffalo Sting), then to my first year of travel (mite minor) with the Buffalo Regals, then I played 3 years at the Wheatfield Blades, 2 of the 3 years I played a year above my age group (I’m a ’03, so I played with the ’02 birth year) in my only year with my age group I scored 30 goals and helped my team to a league championship, then when the Buffalo Jr. Sabres created their youth organization in 2014, I joined the Jr. Sabres and I have played from 2014 – current with the Jr. Sabres.
Looking forward in hockey, I look towards both the OHL and USHL drafts (which will occur in the summer of this upcoming offseason for me), I’m looking to pursue the college hockey route for my development and currently look towards St. Cloud State, Notre Dame, Yale, Michigan, Penn State, Minnesota (Duluth and State), and Boston (College and University) as a few of the many schools I’m interested in. I’ve also, recently, taken an interest in skiing to benefit me in my hockey and help me improve to achieve the highest level.
Posted on Wed, December 5, 2018
by Rick Randazzo