Just joined the forum a few weeks back and have been commenting on High Sticks and sohards hockey journals and sohard recommended I start my own. So here is my story:
I've played hockey all my life ( as well as lacrosse but not at the college level) but was recently suspended from school with a couple of my teammates for a party we had after a big win. When I return in the fall I want to make up for lost time and elevate my game to a whole new level.
I played prep school hockey in New England for a school named Williston, my sophomore year I put up only 1 goal and 4 assists in 29 games. I worked my ass off over the summer and My junior year I led the team in goals assists and points (20-14-34) in 28 games. My senior year I was the team captain and we had the schools first( and only) winning season with a record of 15-12-1, I was voted team MVP posting 18 goals and 18 assists in 28 games.
I planned to play a year of junior hockey after graduation and was hoping to play in the USHL, or NAHL. These leagues are the top american junior A leagues and I had been contacted be a few scouts, but did not make any teams. I was pretty dissapointed and sulked more than i trained that summer and settled to play in the EJHL, the top junior A league in new england but really only the third best in the US. My stats were weak, something like 22 points in 40 something games, my team sucked but I was featured on Sportscenters "Home Video" segment for one of the goals i scored, which you can see as one of the youtube links in my signature.
I was recruited by a number of schools, all Division 3 with a couple of D 1 offers but only as a walk on ( no gaurenteed spot) so I opted for Umass Dartmouth, a perennial d3 power house.
I made the squad, but was a healthy scratch the entire first semester. The team has 3 lifting tests a year: squat max, bench max, hang clean max, and pull up max. My first test I got a "DQ" on squat my form was so awful, my bench was 185, my clean 155, and pullups 4. I worked hard over christmas break, lifting everyday and taking power skating lessons to work on speed and foot quickness with skating coach John Dillon.
I played every game the second semester and led all freshman in points per game, 4 goals 2 assists in 12 games and even started 6 games because of an injury.
I worked really hard on my skating and foot speed over the summer and wanted to have a break out sophomore campaign. I was on 2nd line, but my season was halted when the school took action against me and a few other guys for our off ice party.
It has been really tough, being suspended from school I was depressed and dropped from my weight of 220-225 to 190. I have put all this behind me and have decided to work as hard as I can so that I can be the impact player I know I can be next year. I got my weight back up to 210 and haven't been drinking, so my body fat percentage is down from 16 to 10.
My goal is to rip D3 hockey a new one next year and to eventually go on to play minor pro hockey somewhere. To do this I need to continue to improve my skating ( my biggest weakness being a big man) and my foot speed, as well as continuing to get stronger and faster.
Thanks for reading.