One of my favorite students first comes to mind with this kid. My first year at Cranston West Derek was the projected starter. He was a senior and had not seen varsity time to this point, the coaches and I agreed to put the vast majority of the training towards him which made only sense.
Derek was a very smart person along with a good athletic build for a goaltender. He would methodically take my words and put them to action the second i would imply them. He was not timid whatsoever, he wanted to be the best ASAP.
That year his statistics would paint a beautiful work of art under the circumstances that were given. His team had scored just 32 goals for on the season and his whopping 500+ saves and just 54 against would give him a save % of 910, nearly 200 more saves than the 2nd best. His GA avg was in the 2.0s, theres nothing more to say.
He worked and listened and became the best goaltender in the state that year from going into it as just another goalie.
December 2011 Cranston Athlete of the Month
2011-2012 RIIL Division I – All Division
2011-2012 RI Reds Gil Mayer Award recipient
2011-2012 Cranston West Hobey Baker Award recipient
5 Wins 10 Losses 2 Ties
Minutes: 785 - GA: 54 - SV: 548 - GAA: 2.86 - SA%: 0.910