As most of you know the NHL Draft is coming up this weekend, June 26th and 27th, in North Carolina, home of the Carolina Hurricanes. I’m very excited for this weekend
because I could be chosen by an organization in the NHL. I have no idea which team or in what round I might be selected. But regardless, I’m very excited about the
possibility of being drafted.
Hopefully, last season while playing in Green Bay for the Gamblers, scouts watched me, liked the way I played, and think that some day I could contribute to their club. It would be really exciting if the
Minnesota Wild drafted me because, obviously, it would be a dream come true to play for my hometown team in front of my family and friends.
On the days of the draft I plan to go about my normal business, however, I’m sure I will be checking my computer from time to time for updates while anxiously awaiting that very special phone call from either my family advisor or the team that hopefully drafts me!
A few NHL teams have expressed interest in me during the off-season which is unbelievably exciting for me. I’m hoping more teams will show interest and will contact my family advisor before the day of the draft. The more the merrier!
Recently, I have been working out at a local high school with guys like Darby Hendrickson (Colorado Avalanche), John Pohl (St. Louis Blues), Paul Martin (New
Jersey Devils) and Blake Stone (Dallas Stars), just to name a few. Workouts consist of skating treadmill, Russian boxes, plyos, sprints and weight training. Training
with these guys has shown me that the hard work isn’t over when the seasons over. It takes dedication and determination to be the best you can be in order to play professional hockey. In addition, I’ve been incorporating the St. Cloud State workout program into my weekly routine.
I am skating in a college league where we play twice a week through July. It is a competitive league and is a good way to stay in shape and work on my game. I am also helping out at my alma mater, North St. Paul High School, with a weight and conditioning program for kids in grades seven through nine. This takes place Tuesday
and Thursday afternoons for an hour and a half. I enjoy working with the younger kids and it’s a good opportunity to get experience teaching and developing a workout
plan. It gives me the opportunity to give back to the organization that gave so much to me.
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to read my
previous journal entries and to those that took the time to ask questions. Cross your fingers and wish me luck this weekend! Hopefully, the next time you hear from me I will be a draft pick of a National Hockey League team!