My last game of juniors was in Ann Arbor Michigan, against the NTDP U18s, that was April 2014. As I left Muskegon and headed to Alabama, I had no idea what to expect going into the season. I knew was I was going to give it my all, and I was confident I was going to log some playing time. When the coach posted the travel roster for the first road series to Colorado College, my name was not on it. In fact, my name wasn’t on a starting roster for the first two years of my college career. My sophomore summer I thought about giving up, in fact I remember calling my dad telling him I’m wasting my time, and that I was done with hockey. To be completely honest, I was embarrassed that I wasn’t playing, and I let my pride dictate my emotions. But instead of going home, I went to work, and I took my dedication to the next level. I trained everyday in the summer, doing everything and anything to get a little better everyday.
So here we are now, my Jr. season, and I finally got my first opportunity. It came in the 3rd period of a Friday night game against UConn when we were already down 4 rip. I remember when I got in the game; the ref skated up to me and said, “Welcome to Division 1 bud”. It was amazing; I forgot about the last two seasons of struggle and disappointment and just embraced the moment of being on the ice. As well as I thought I played that day, I didn’t start on Saturday. Back to wondering what more could I do to break the line up? After a 7-3 loss to Michigan Tech on a Friday night, I remember seeing a text from my coach letting me know I was going to start that Saturday. I called pretty much everyone in my contact list, letting them know that my time has finally come.
As I stood on the goal line, all I could think about was the sacrifices that were made to get me to this moment. All the practices and games my parents drove me to, all the money they spent on my training, all the hours I spent in the rink and in the gym, everything, it all lead me to this moment. We got pumped 10-0…. No im kidding, could you imagine? We were outshot 30-22 and tied 1-1, with MTU getting the extra point during 3 on 3 in the 2nd overtime. Since that game I have played in 9/12 games and cant wait for the next opportunity.
For those goalies, who feel like the aren’t getting the opportunities they want, and that the feel they deserve, don’t get discouraged, get ready because your time in coming. You don’t know when, where, or how the opportunity is going to come about, but when it does… embrace it because it’s worth the wait.
P.S, I know you guys are all about the gear, so here's a picture of my setup