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You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

-Aristotle

  • Played WHL with Medicine Hat Tigers  

  • Drafted to the NHL by the Calgary Flames #69th Overall in the 2005 NHL Draft

  • Played 8 seasons of Professional Hockey 

  • Earned his University degree and MBA  

  • Happily Married with 1 baby girl!

 

What are the top 3 accomplishments that you are most proud of?

1. Being a father/husband

2. Receiving my MBA with Distinction

3. Playing over 500 professional hockey games

What is your WHY? What lights your fire and makes you do what you are doing.

Constant and never ending improvement. I am interesting in learning and experiencing life. I am driven to grow and to share my life with my family.

Legacy. What do you want to be remembered for?

I strive to be the best version of myself, to not be driven to be a person for other people, but to continuously grow as my true self. I love to learn and I want to be known as a positive, hard working, passionate person who is closest with his family.

What are some of the biggest mistakes you see young athletes making, what are some that you made that looking back you would have done differently?

I was always so competitive and driven to win that I never took the time to slow down and learn the fundamentals properly. High end Skill development is now available to the kids of AMP and slowing down and learning proper techniques is crucial to long term development.

What do you like most about the PX3 AMP Program? Why is this program so  important  for kids?

The kids and families of AMP have been amazing both on and off the ice. I love teaching skills and learning how to motivate and properly teach each individual kid. Building a relationship and growing with the kids of AMP is extremely rewarding. I feel lucky that I have the opportunity to teach and coach great kids and apply my past experience in development to the kids of AMP. The multi-sport development pathway is crucial to building better athletes and people. To have hockey taught by high end instructors who love the PX3 AMP program is crucial to a child's hockey development.

Who is the person, coach, or institution that told you to quit or did not believe in you. Why?

I have had tough coaches over the years but I have always been very fortunate enough to have a strong group of very supportive friends and family. Friends, teammates and family are the most important people in your life and having and identifying the right group of people, is incredibly encouraging.

What are some of the biggest obstacles you have had to overcome to get where you are? 

Playing the majority of my career in the American Hockey League, I have always been one call away from playing in the NHL. Dealing with injuries and the ups and downs of the American Hockey League, you learn how the hockey system works and you learn to persevere both on and off the ice. You learn how to work, and to remain determined and focused on what is import in life and hockey. I also learnt how to respect the game of hockey and each year I played, I loved the game more and more.

Who is the person/coach who made the biggest difference in your life or believed in you when others did not?

I have been fortunate to have some very smart coaches (Willie Desjardins, Jim Playfair, Glen Gulutzan), however the most important and influential people in my hockey career have always been my closest family members. I would not be where I am today and I would of never had the opportunity to play hockey at the level I played without the support of my parents, grandparents, and wife.

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