Playing in the NHL, it's a great job, it's a great life to live, and we just want to have the opportunity to do that. That's going to come from our hard work and dedication to the sport. As far as being black players in the league, obviously it's great.
Most kids start playing hockey at the age of five, I was an earlier bloomer. My parents laced up my first pair of skates and put me on the ice at the young age of 2 ½, basically right after I mastered walking.
I think it's just having the support of our parents. Knowing that they're going to keep you on the right path and guide you.
Playing the sport has taught me about teamwork and how to be a good team player, social skills and most importantly, dedication.
The biggest challenge was the cost to play the sport, and this is a challenge that my parents faced. They relied on the community and friends and family for support, and I learned to play hockey using second hand equipment.
Growing up, it was tough to balance, but looking back I appreciate my parents' efforts to make sure I was well-rounded.
Hockey is an amazing sport and it has definitely had a positive impact on my life. But my dad always said school comes first, and if I didn't do well in school I didn't get to play hockey.
I can't wait for the crowd, the noise, the energy in the building. I can't wait to take that all away from them.
Hockey taught me to challenge myself and be the best I can be on and off the ice.
I really don't care what the other team thinks. I don't care what their fans think. If they hate me, great. Hate me. We'll just keep winning, I'll keep scoring and we'll move on.
Last Update: 6 February 2023
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