Malcolm Gladwell suggests that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill and this may be true for some areas in life, but when it comes to a professional sport, he is wrong. To become an NHL player, I had to dedicate my whole life to hockey, because greatness does not come to those who can only spare a couple of hours a week to achieving their goals. I had to sacrifice my social life and even my education, because my priority was always sport. The learning process never stops for me, whether it is mastering my old techniques or coming up with new ones. Every day, my goal is to become better than I was yesterday and there is no obstacle that can stop me on my way to greatness.

I have always looked up to some of the greatest hockey players and their work ethic in hopes that one day I can be a similar source of inspiration for someone achieving great things. I have fully committed myself to ice hockey to achieve that hope.

Spending countless hours at the gym and on the ice wasn’t the only sacrifice I had to make in order to become a professional. Growing up, I didn’t have much time to spend with friends. My social life was not like other teenage boys and that was one of my biggest sacrifices that I had to make. From an early age, my number one priority was always hockey. It is important to understand that success does not come easy and it can only be achieved through hard work and dedication.

These days, I have also learned to enjoy my life. Most of my friends are my ice hockey buddies and we have plenty of time to socialize outside of just playing hockey together. We can do fun stuff during our road trips or during the summer.