Season Played for Botany Swarm: One (2013)
2013 season – 14 games played, 25 total points, 16 goals, nine assists, 47 penalty minutes.
“I grew up in San Jose, California where I captained the San Jose State University hockey team for five seasons. I joined the Botany Swarm squad as an import during the 2013 NZIHL season. We had a great group of imports that year – Evan Macintosh, Brandon Contratto, Vitali Meshkov and Markus Muehl who bonded really quickly and enjoyed their time and experience in Auckland. I particularly loved the camaraderie, the complete willingness to accept us as imports and the ability for us to be able to share our international playing knowledge with the local players. I really enjoyed the fact that I was able to use my season with the Swarm to also travel to other parts of the country and explore New Zealand during my stay.
My fondest memory of being part of the team was living with my billet family – the Guests. Sue and Andy always made me feel like part of their family and to this day, I remain in close contact with them.
A favourite memory on the ice and contributor to my 47 penalty minutes for the season, was my altercation with SKYCITY Stampede goalie, Kane Easterbrook at their home rink in Queenstown. The line brawl which ensued and the two-game suspension as a result of my action almost made it worth my while!
I have been coaching and scouting at all levels for the last 10 years for San Jose Jr. Sharks and Golden State Elite programs in Northern California. I currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina with my fiancé, Victoria and am the Head Coach of the Carolina Jr. Canes 15UAA program.
Thanks to all of my 2013 Swarm teammates for the great times we shared together. Good luck to the 2021 team for the season ahead.”