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October 2017 - John Tsouroullis

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October 2017 - John Tsouroullis

John (Yanni) Tsouroullis

Team: U18 Honeybaked AAA

Hometown: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Position: Forward

Birth Year: 2000

Height: 5’9

Weight: 170 lbs

Chosen Attribute: Selflessness/Serving

Why is this important to you?

Serving others has always been a part of my life. Ever since I was a little kid I was serving others and putting others before me without even knowing it. One of my coaches when I was younger approached my parents and told them that I had a compassionate heart for the players on my team.  I learned when I was older what selflessness really meant, placing others needs and desires before yours.

To me this is what Jesus taught when he said you should love others and love God. By doing so you will be inline with all of God’s laws and be able to receive his guidance blessings. To me selflessness is the ultimate act of love, it is self sacrifice. Showing love to others will also show love to God because you are acting His will and sharing His love among the people you meet. When I play hockey I always try serving others as best as I can while still being competitive because I never know how I may influence others or how I may be blessed by God.


Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us?

I have been involved with FCA for 2 years now and is something I look forward to every year. I have attended their hockey camps in Buffalo, New York and have been a part of their National Chowder Cup tournament team for the past 2 years. Every camp or tournament I attended with FCA always grows me with my relationship with Jesus and has helped my walk with in becoming a disciple in hockey. Not only do they help with my faith, I have also made very close relationships.


What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Before this verse Paul is talking about how a messenger of satan is tormenting him like a thorn. He then asks God three times for help, which is when God helps Paul. This Bible verse is important to me because it shows no matter what you are struggling with or going through God has already given you the power to overcome it. Whenever I am down or need confidence, I will read this verse.

How did you hear about FCA Hockey?

Nick Tomczyk my weight training coach at school.


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.)

My goal this year is to make a junior team, so that I may complete my goal of playing college hockey. I also hope to serve my country one day, so that I may give back because I am thankful for all the blessing I have received. Outside of hockey I enjoy classic cars and working on them with my family.

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