I started playing hockey when I was five years old. One of my dad’s coworkers suggested that my parents should sign me up for for the Little Penguins Learn-to Play-Hockey program at the Robert Morris Island Sports Center. I fell in love with hockey, and here I am today, still playing. I remember the first time that I crawled onto the ice. Coach Bob Arturo was instructing us kids on how to stand up after you’ve fallen (a very valuable skill to learn). It just grew from there. After I graduated from Learn-to-Play, I played in the house league for Robert Morris for 7 years. I learned many valuable skills and life lessons that helped make me who I am today, both as a person and a hockey player. Those were some of the best years of my life. Just being able to go out on the ice and play hockey with your friends. There’s nothing like it. After that, I played for the Arctic Foxes, a travel program that plays at Robert Morris. I had a good experience there, playing bantam hockey with a really good group of kids around me. That season helped to further prepare me for playing high level hockey. The next year, I made the U-14 PIttsburgh Penguins Elite girls hockey team and have played for them ever since then, while also playing for the Arctic Foxes. This upcoming season, I will be a second year U-16 but will not be playing for the Arctic Foxes because I was accepted by Shady Side Academy and will be attending school there for my sophomore, junior, and senior years of highschool. I will play for their Girl’s Prep hockey team while also playing for Pens Elite.
This sport has really changed my life. It taught me to be competitive, hardworking, and disciplined. I learned how to work with others around me and how to handle myself. Not to mention, I have made so many friends through playing hockey. It’s a great community to be a part of. These are all things that I will carry with me for the rest of my life, no matter where I go, or what I do. Looking back, I don’t really think I would change a thing. My whole experience with hockey has been a wonderful journey, and I want to thank my family, Robert Morris University, and the Little Penguins organization for all they have done for me!