August 30, 2016
Salt Lake City, UT
Vol 1, #1
Waking up at 6 am on August 17 was different from most days. It was a day of firsts, but also a day of lasts. It marked the beginning of the hockey season for the University of Utah in its inaugural season on the ACHA Division 1 level. It was also the last time I would be attending training camp in McCall, Idaho with the team.
This season will be one to test us, not only on the ice but as a team. We will be facing the most competitive teams we have ever played. Games may not end in our favor as much as they have in the past, but it will make us stronger and more determined than ever.
We have a large amount of new teammates this season, which can be difficult for any hockey team to adjust to. Most have played at a high level of hockey, but many are also adapting to their new life in college, which can be challenging for any student athlete. Nonetheless, our team also has many returning players who will have to continue to produce on and off the ice. Many veterans are stepping into roles that they have not experienced before and that will be a test to all of our abilities.
My career as a Utah hockey player is coming to an end. As I look back, I am reminded by some of the best times of my life. From winning the 1st Annual Wasatch Cup Championship in the 3rd overtime, to hosting and playing in the 2015 ACHA D2 National Tournament for our hometown Ute fans. Moments like these will always be one of the most memorable in my career.
That said, what I will remember most are the relationships that I have gained and built through my team. Our road trips, the “ups” when we’ve won and the “downs” when things hadn’t gone our way. All are fantastic parts that have enumerated to a memory full of great times.
Being part of this brotherhood that has been built by our predecessors is something I will be most proud of. The one thing I would like to tell all our incoming freshman is: cherish every moment that you get to spend with your teammates. They’re going to help you in many different aspects of your life. Your time as a Skatin’ Ute will go by fast and there is not a moment you are going to want to miss.
Having said all of this, I want to thank Utah Hockey for giving me some of the best times in my hockey career. You have all impacted my life in so many ways and I will forever be proud to call myself a Ute!