WHAT YOU’LL HEAR IN TODAY’S 15-MINUTE HUDDLE:
What does it really take to play at the next level? From youth sports to professional sports, every next step requires an athlete to grow and mature.
In today’s huddle, I talk with Austin McCarthy, who was just named Team Captain of the Topeka Pilots, a team in the North American Hockey League.
Austin candidly shares with us his insights into his hockey life as he follows his dream to one day play in the NHL.
Austin and I discuss…
- His journey from Michigan to Kansas to play hockey at the next level.
- How important his relationship with his sports mom has been on his hockey journey.
- Why playing for the love of the game has to be a priority to play at the next level.
- What has surprised him the most about moving each next level and advice he would give to young athletes.
- Where his hockey skills are taking him (hint: Russia).
- How important a pregame routine is to him and how the team talks about the mental side of the game.
- How the energy/chemistry of the team matters.
Meet Austin McCarthy:
Austin McCarthy, a Ludington, Michigan native, started playing hockey when he was six years old. He played every year of youth hockey and played three years on a varsity team before leaving home his senior year of high school to transfer and play for the Fox Motors Hockey Club in Grand Rapids, MI.
During McCarthy’s first year of AAA hockey, he signed as a tender with the Topeka Roadrunners of the North American Hockey League (now known as the Topeka Pilots). That same season he was called up to skate in three games with the Roadrunners scoring his first junior goal.
The next season, his rookie year with the Roadrunners, McCarthy gained a lot of valuable experience and knowledge on the ice that he still carries today. Last season was his second year in Topeka. He began the Topeka Pilots inaugural season with a hat trick and the game-winning shoot out goal at the home opener.
He continued the season playing in all 60 games tallying 13 goals and 24 assists. He comes back to Topeka this year for his third and final season of junior hockey, being named the Topeka Pilots 2019-2020 team captain, and looks forward to earning a college hockey scholarship.
-From his Sports Mom, Erica McCarthy Howe
“What I admire most from Austin are his passion and dedication. I have never in my life seen someone as driven as Austin. He truly gives 1000% always! He strives to be the best he can be and he pushes himself beyond what I could ever do or what I would ever expect him to do.
He is conscious of his health from what he eats and drinks to his workouts and skates. Every day he amazes me!
He has had several hardships and struggles, but he is always determined to become better and stronger.
LINKS & REFERENCES:
Austin’s ATHLETE OF THE DAY FEATURE!!
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