On December 22 at Ames Arena, a temporary Alumni Suite was set up for the former players of the Lakeville North Boys Hockey team. I sat down with some of them to learn how their experiences playing hockey in high school has helped them in their adult life and shaped who they are today.
Keaton Pehrson of the Tri-City Storm said hockey taught him “work ethic, like showing up everyday, giving your best effort because things aren’t always going to go your way; you’re going to have a bad day at school maybe, bad day with friends...bad day on the ice; you’ve always got to come and give your best so that things will obviously shake out better for you in the end.”
The development of work ethic seemed to be something all the alumni agreed on. Will DuPont, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, said, “I’d say the main thing that I learned in high school is working hard. It gets you a lot of places, especially in the world when you look for jobs.”
High school hockey also helps students learn time management skills. Robby Gale of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said, “With the tough schoolwork at RPI, you learn a lot of hard work [in high school] and that really helps for getting your schoolwork done on time...and just making yourself a good man on the ice, and that kind of carried over and really helped me out as I started my college career.”
“The greatest lesson I learned was just always putting one hundred percent in whatever you do,” said Henry Enebak, a player for Carleton Place in the Central Canada Hockey League and a St. Cloud State commit.
High school hockey helps students develop and apply skills that aid them once they graduate. It’s really not just about the sport.
Note: Note: Alyssa Cheng is a member of the Lakeville Panther Student Media volunteers. She is working with our website content team and this is her first article.
Over 40 Lakeville alumni returned to Ames Arena for a homecoming holiday celebration on December 22, 2018. Our honored guests included NHL draft picks, multiple Division 1 caliber athletes and several members of the 31-0 State Championship team.