It's taken me four years to fully understand, and I'm sure I'll appreciate it more as I grow older and am an alum, but I've learned that Babson hockey is not just four years of your life. It's much more than that.
There's no better feeling than seeing waves of alumni come into our locker room after a big home win. It's a testament to how loyal this program is and how meaningful the relationships are that we have built. I look forward to being a part of that alumni group, sitting upstairs behind the glass, cheering on the team and then storming the locker room after. That's Babson hockey tradition.
I grew up in Norwood, not far from Babson, and I spent a lot of time at the rink here in the summers with Mass Hockey camps and clinics. A lot of Babson hockey players helped out and coached us, and I quickly fell in love with the team and the school. I always felt a connection here, and when the decision process came around I honestly could not see myself playing at any other school.
If there's a piece of advice I can leave with all Babson student-athletes, it would be that you are all here for a reason. You're exceptional athletes, incredible students, and you have a work ethic that separates you from others. Through good and bad, stick with it. I struggled to find my role early on as a student-athlete here, but then realized my worth can be valued in many different ways.
Support your teammates, support other Babson teams. Take pride in representing this school every chance you get. I'm proud of the fact I never let early struggles get the best of me, and overcoming that adversity helped make my experience here so fulfilling. I will take these lessons with me through life, as being a Babson student is amazing and challenging. And as a student-athlete, I feel ready for whatever is next.
Playing for Babson hockey has been the greatest honor I have had in my life, and the opportunity to be a captain for this program has been an indescribable privilege. I have endless memories at the rink. I've laughed in our locker room, I've cried in our locker room. And the best thing about all of it is that I had my best friends there with me throughout.
Thank you to my teammates, my coaches, my administrators, and my fellow classmates.