I am an Ice Hockey Star | INDIE ALASKA

I’ve given volleyball a chance in
middle school and track, but they don’t compare to hockey. I just like the
adrenaline that hockey gives and like the speed of it. We were at Church and then Carlos, the founder of the foundation, came in and he introduced the idea of
playing hockey; and my cousins and my siblings we were like, ‘sounds fun.’ We
should maybe give it a try; and ever since then my mom decided to put us into
the foundation and we’ve been here since the start. The Scotty Gomez foundation,
if you don’t have gear they actually supply it to you. So that’s something
that really helps because all my siblings play and it would be tough
for my mom. So I’m just glad I play for an organization like this who helps out
people so much. It just feels nice knowing that you can help out the
younger kids. Like with my little sister, she started when she was around three,
four and she now can skate all by herself.
Me and my brothers usually just go shoot around and then sometimes we do a little
one-on-one but it’s definitely different from indoor because indoor it’s like,
okay, five-on-five, time to like get your game face on. I definitely am a competitive person. I
want the puck. I’m gonna fight to get it. I feel like I’m a better skater, so I
just try to use my speed to get me out of things. I was kind of scared at first,
but honestly, playing with a team full of guys, it’s like playing on a team of big
brothers that would just watch over you. So it’s fun. It makes me more like
encouraged, like, okay I have to get it. I have to show them what I can
really do. They still get physical sometimes, but it’s just part of hockey.
Last year, actually, we made it to state, the finals, and it was a tied game and I
scored the tying goal. I was kind of really proud of myself. I was like okay.
It just feels so good when you’re out there and it’s competitive and you
know the game is going back and forth between scores. I never noticed
or knew about any Hispanic hockey players before, and there’s actually a
lot of Hispanics on the Scotty Gomez foundation; and it just feels nice
knowing that people from your ethnicity are doing stuff that people before you
never did. I moved to Alaska when I was seven, when I started playing hockey, and
at first I was like, ‘Why Alaska?’ It’s so cold. We used to live in California
where it was nice and warm, but I’m honestly glad that we moved here
because without being here in Alaska, I don’t think I would be playing hockey.
Even though I used to hate the cold at first, cold reminds me of hockey, so it’s
just like, okay, it’s not bad.

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