After the intense week of training we’ve just been through, there isn’t really a whole lot of time to sit back and reflect on the experience. I mean, the intensity doesn’t go away after camp but it was certainly crazier because we played four games in five days.
Looking back on the week, I’m really grateful to be here and have such an amazing opportunity to work with everyone in the organization.
But way before I even got here, I definitely I can’t say enough about my parents, who’s support has been unbelievable to me. And of course, they were the ones who put me in hockey in the first place. My parents are such a great balance for me in the way they helped me through everything.
My dad was more of the hockey guy like dads tend to be. He played a little bit but not high level. He knows the game and he built us a rink in the backyard so we had that for a while and I got my early start there.
My mom, on the other hand, was making sure I was doing well in school and made sure that I ate well. She did more of the nurturing because she knew dad has the hockey covered pretty good.
All my coaches I’ve had have been great but my bantam coach with the Halifax Hawks stands out as one of my favourites. I remember that year we had a really good team – I don’t think we won much but I really liked that team. There wasn’t any one particular thing that I can think of that he did but just overall, he really helped me improve that year and he instilled a lot of confidence in me to play well so I really enjoyed playing for him.
Usually, I’d have a coach for a year and then move up to a different team so I didn’t stay with many coaches for that long so it’s hard to pinpoint one best coach but he’s up there for sure.
Like I’ve said many times before, being here has been such an amazing experience and even though I’m here, I’m keeping an eye on the Sea Dogs too. We’re 4-0 to start the season now so that’s great. We’ve gotten a lot of offense and that’s without some of our forwards, who are still at NHL camps. I think we’ll have another strong year like we did last year.
Actually the Sea Dogs last two games have been against Sawyer Hannay’s team, Halifax, and Adam Polasek’s PEI so it’s been nice to get some bragging rights on them since we won both those games against them.
Finally, I really want to thank everyone for reading the blog and following everyday. The comments and feedback I’ve received has been awesome. I really appreciate it and being able to put my spin on things. I’m glad I got to do this so that fans got to know me as a person. This was definitely a cool experience.
To end things, as I always do, today’s movie of the day is one of my all-time favourites: The Shawshank Redemption.
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