Prior to attending Uvic I didn’t think it would be possible to take a full course load and play junior hockey. The Victoria Cougars made it possible to excel at both, which is something I am extremely grateful for. Playing for the organization is a big commitment; it’s for people who are willing to push themselves to be the best they can both on and off the ice. It’s a professional environment on the Cougars, whether we were practicing, watching video or working-out, it’s all about giving 100% which really builds a tight brotherhood among the players on the team. The coach’s commitment and care for the Cougars is reflected in the incredible amount of over time they put in after games and practices. They would work daily with me in order to balance my schooling and time at the rink. The sense of family is incredible in the cougar’s organization and made my first two years in Victoria extremely rewarding. Tony and Tina, volunteers for the team, brought me to their house and cooked for me many times which, when you live in a house of five students who don’t know how to cook, is something I am so thankful for. I already look forward to return to Victoria in the fall to see all the boys from the last two years, I’ve definitely built some strong friendships on the team. The things I have learned with the coug’s will continue to benefit me both academically and on the ice next year at Uvic.