“Having the opportunity to pursue my dream of playing hockey is one that many young boys long for. Growing up in Canada, I started playing hockey at the age of 5. I went on to play AAA, WHL, AHL and ECHL. Unfortunately, due to illness, my NHL days were short lived.
I am thankful for the many years that I played, including the opportunity of my most memorable, 10 years with the Charlotte Checkers. Unfortunately though, as any professional athlete will tell you – it doesn’t come without the sacrifice of the toll on your body.
The impact of playing, perhaps that many don’t understand, the body checks, the head trauma, separated shoulders, multiple breaks to the nose, skate blades to the face, the multiple hits, cuts, bruises, broken bones, contusions led to ankle surgery, rhinoplasty, reconstructive facial surgery, a hip replacement, daily inflammation and chronic pain that is almost unbearable, affecting every aspect of your next stage of life. But yet, those years of playing were filled with amazing memories, team commoderity, highs and lows of competitive sport and my ultimate dream, fulfilled.”