Born and raised in Calgary, AB, I grew up playing hockey in the winters and baseball in the summers. I loved sports then and I love them even more now. Although I had such a passion for these sports and loved participating in them, some of my best memories of growing up are our family camping trips. I believe the reason for this is that I was able to be a kid in every sense of the word. Hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, climbing trees, scraping knees, getting dirty and sleeping like a baby only to do it all again the next day. Now, years later, these are the reasons that keep drawing me back to the mountains time and time again.
I played hockey with Brock and against Bo in the WHL, where I first met them. Brock and I had a good relationship during our time playing together and we have continued to nourish our relationship as the years have gone on. I, like Brock, pursued hockey professionally in both North America and Europe. This experience was amazing. Although I was there for hockey, travelling and exploring seemed to be at the forefront of my mind constantly. It was in my adventures that I found true happiness and felt that kid-like bliss.
I am now settled back at home with my fiancé and dog, which we adopted from Greece, after choosing to retire from the game I love so much. My experiences and time spent abroad has made me the person I am today and has changed my mindset. Being from Calgary I have been blessed with the mountains being so close to home. Having said that, looking back now I feel like in my younger days I didn't utilize this proximity to my advantage. Now, I have gained a deeper respect and gratefulness for the opportunity that I have living where I do. Having lived in the French Alps and the Italian Dolomites has given me a whole new respect for the raw wildness of the Canadian Rockies.
I gain so much energy and contentment from my time spent in nature. It is my goal to get out and explore my own country the way I would as a tourist in other countries. I will no longer take for granted my opportunity here in Canada - what a place to live!"