Within the past month I decided I would like to pursue a career in sports writing upon the completion of my Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies at a large Mid-Western University. Being a former junior hockey player, and an avid follower of the web-site, I decided to contact Mr. Heisler about an opportunity to write.
I would like to thank Mr. Heisler for this tremendous opportunity to better myself in my writing skills as I complete my degree. Treating this as if it were an internship, I plan on showing my passion for hockey while emphasizing the importance of reaching the college level.
As far as my hockey background is concerned, I grew up playing in the middle of the country in a non-traditional hockey setting. Coming from a blue-collar perspective, I take pride in how I go about my life involving hockey and school.
During my youth hockey years I played AA travel hockey and was afforded the opportunity to play games at a lot of USHL rinks. Moving into High School, I played in a highly competitive high school hockey league where much travel was involved.
Weighing my options after school, I was given the choice by my parents to either attend community college with financial assistance, or go to a University and take out student loans. Taking the community college route may have been the best decision of my life thus far.
After some negotiation, my mother allowed me to tryout for a tier III Junior A hockey team in the CSHL back in the summer of 2009. Opening my eyes to the junior hockey world created so many windows for me. I was able to meet so many people from so many different parts of the United States, and Europe.
Realistically weighing my options during junior hockey, I decided to continue classes at community colleges. I also wanted to play college hockey, but the NCAA was not a smart choice considering I would ruin my eligibility by the time I aged out.
Attaining my Associate of Art degree by the end of the summer after my final year of juniors was something I strived for, and didn't even realize at times would be possible. This goes to show that you can play junior hockey while keeping up with your studies if you put the time and effort in.
Being accepted to a large Mid-Western University where a well known ACHA program exists made me even happier. I now play college hockey and go to school full time. College credit wise, I only have two semesters of course work left to complete my bachelors.
You may or may not have read my first article that I produced for the website. It dealt with rankings in the USHL as of 10-15-2012. At the time I was undecided as to whether or no I would like to write for the website. After much consideration and critical thinking I came to a conclusion.
Having an Aunt and Uncle who are retired workers for a well known newspaper in a large Midwest City, I have taken in much advice about how newspapers operate. I credit my current college professors for furthering my knowledge in writing and media.
My knowledge and excitement for hockey is always growing, and I am looking forward to doing more articles when I have enough time on my hands.
Be on the lookout for more USHL RANKINGS TO COME IN THE NEAR FUTURE!