How did you get started playing hockey?
I went to preschool at The Winter Club [of Lake Forest]. In the winter they make an ice rink there, we’d skate there for our recess so I’ve been skating there since I was 3 or 4. I ended up playing for the Winter Club, they have a house-league team that I played for when I was growing up. In my later years, like when I was 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, I played for the Falcons [Hockey Association]. After middle school I ended up playing for the high school.
What do you love the most about hockey?
I probably just like the competitiveness of it that goes into it. The work that it takes to play hockey, not many people can do it. I just think it’s a fun time too.
What is the most challenging part of playing hockey?
The most challenging part of the sport for me is probably just keeping on a consistent basis. You can go through ups and downs in your hockey game.
What is the most memorable game you’ve played?
The most memorable game that I’ve played was probably my first state championship game, when I played for the Falcons. I thought it was a pretty cool experience. We ended up winning the game. We jumped off the bench, threw our gloves up in the air and it felt like we were pros at the beginning too. It was a pretty cool experience.
What is your favorite professional hockey team?
My favorite team is definitely the Chicago Blackhawks. I’ve been cheering from them my whole life.
Who is your favorite professional player?
My favorite player is probably Patrick Kane. I try to model my game after him a little bit. He is just a solid player all around.
Do you have any hobbies outside of hockey?
I play football in the fall and lacrosse in the spring.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
If I could travel anywhere in the world, it would probably be to London. I just think it’s a pretty cool place. All of the history that has gone into it, it’s just so cool.
What is the best advice you’ve gotten from a coach?
The best advice I’ve gotten from a coach is to just always be prepared for a game. If you’re unprepared for a game then you’re just going to play well. That’s not just for a game, that’s for anything really.
If you could live as someone else for a day, who would you choose?
Probably Donald Trump, because he’s a billionaire and he’s also the president. I think [he has] a pretty cool life.