My Hockey Trail to Christ

Growing up in a family that was catholic and attending a catholic school for 9 years it was always easy to have my faith. Most of this changed once I left that protective barrier entering a public high school, with no references to the Lord or any part of him to be found. I was already attending CHCI for years, which helped me to maintain my spiritual strength, at least what I had thought it to be. Not until my junior year when I lost a dear friend was I able to fully accept and give all I had to Christ. This is when camp became more than just that week away from mom and dad, but rather a reminder of why I needed the 5 days of physical and spiritual devotion as well as improvement. I attended the Chicago camp for 8 years and each year I was able to grasp a new part of my already accepted faith, but more importantly I learned why I needed to keep attending this second home. I am now a Christian and nothing makes me become more humble than being able to sit and read what our Lord had went through and what he changes plans for us. It completely changes you, in the best way possible. The temptations of everyday life are hard enough as it is, but being devoted you are able to see these temptations fully and turn away with a sense of pride. This pride is not within yourself but in a higher being, Jesus. Last year I played for the Chicago Hitmen in the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League where I had an extremely successful season, but Satan was extremely powerful in his temptations, but with the endurance given to me by Jesus and his word I was able to maintain a steady head. I now attend the University of Wisconsin Platteville where I am currently studying to become a forensic technician and also playing hockey. All of this comes second to spreading the word of God to friends and teammates, which surprisingly is not that hard when you have a willing ear to listen. Here I have a teammate that I confide in, and he in me. We hold each other accountable, but more importantly we have each other for support and guidance. I believe anything is possible when you have faith in Jesus and I am a living example of this. No matter how big or small the feat may be, you always have your brothers and sisters in Christ whom have either been in your footsteps or are able to help you in your struggles. Life is a journey, but it does not have to be explored alone. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Schools:

  • Chicago Hitman GLJHL Junior B