Angel Wings: The Legacy of Roy Pejcinovski Through the Eyes of His Friends
Barrie Colts, March 2023
About 5 years ago, Roy Pejcinovski was tragically killed in a story that shocked the hockey world.
Today, some of his teammates are on the cusp of making the NHL. I went one on one with a few of them to truly understand what Roy meant, how his infectious personality influenced the teams he played on, and how his legacy lives on today.
The Art of Preparation: How Mack Guzda Went from Undrafted to NHL Prospect
Barrie Colts, March 2022
Mack Guzda is fresh off of signing an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers and he's one of the OHL's most experienced netminders. But less than a year ago, he was at home, feeling like his NHL opportunity had slipped away. In this exclusive feature story, I sat down with him and those he's closest with in order to relive the adversity he's overcome and his journey from going undrafted to signing an NHL contract.
How Beau Jelsma Found Passion in Both Farming and Hockey
Barrie Colts, December 2021
Beau Jelsma's "hockey life" is wildly different compared to his peers. Unlike many prospective NHL players, Jelsma grew up in a small farming town outside of London, Ontario. Every summer, he heads back home to drive tractors, feed cattle and work on the farm. In my conversation with him, Jelsma shares his detailed passion for farming, some stories from his upbringing in the country, and how he's been able to balance his love for farming and hockey.
Family Ties: Inside Hunter Haight’s Unique Path to Leadership
Barrie Colts, January 2022
Not all teenagers see themselves as natural leaders, but Hunter Haight is a bold exception. With a family familiar with leadership positions, the 2022 NHL Draft eligible forward has been a leader at every level in his hockey career. With that in mind, I sat down with Hunter to talk about his unique path to developing his own leadership skills, the impact that his family continues to make on his career, the struggles of the 2020 season and his unforgettable experience at Hockey Canada's U18 Summer Showcase. Get to know Hunter in this exclusive feature story.
Building Character: How Angus MacDonell Continues to Set Himself Apart
The Hockey Writers, August 2021
Angus MacDonell was recently drafted 13th overall by the Sarnia Sting in the 2021 OHL Draft. But the story on how he got there might surprise junior hockey fans everywhere. I sat down with him (virtually) and the people he's closest with in order to tell the story behind what sets him apart.
Optimism & Opportunity: Joey Daccord's Long Journey to the NHL
The Hockey Writers, March 2021
When I sat down with Ottawa Senators prospect Joey Daccord to record episode two of the Get Your Head in the Game podcast, the NHL season had yet to begin. Some 5 months later, Daccord is with the Senators, playing consistently at the NHL level. After earning his first career NHL win on the 14th, it was only fitting to retell his story from that interview in November, and how far he's come as a player. In my first ever feature story, get to know Joey and his journey to the NHL.
a complete collection of my debut novels
Click the book cover to read the virtual edition of The Definition of Creativity, my first independently published book. Encompassed in the 17 chapter story are anecdotes, personal memories, as well as in-depth opinions about various subjects relevant in today's landscape. As an 18 year old, I caught a lot of people off guard when I announced that I had written something of this magnitude. Nonetheless, my peers thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope you do as well.
Click the book cover to read Assembly Required, my second independently published book. I took a much more artistic and philosophical approach to the topics referenced here, which ultimately contrasts my first book nicely. Shining a much needed light on subjects like mental health, systemic racism, and the inevitable conclusion of my high school journey, my second novel serves as an important placeholder for one of the best periods of my life so far.