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Meet the Athlete: Owen Anklam

TJ Brayboy
Sophomore Owen Anklam scans the ice for the puck. Park fell to Benilde 1-4 Jan. 9.

When did you start playing hockey?

I started playing hockey when I was probably two or three years old with my dad and brother, at Nelson Park by Peter Hobart. We just like to go down there, skate and just hang out. It’s pretty fun. 

How did you get into playing hockey?

My dad played hockey in college and he really drove me to become a hockey player. He coached me for my first eight to ten years of hockey and he’s still one of my biggest cheerleaders to this day. I remember my dad wanted to go out and play and I really liked to watch the Wild play.

What’s your pregame routine like?

Usually I get to the rink like two and a half hours early, grab a quick snack then either tape my stick or just listen to music and watch the JV team play. Rihanna has good music or “All of The Lights” by Kanye. There is also good music being played in the locker room.

Who or what motivates you?

Bob Evers, my youth coach, motivates me a lot. He always wants me to play my best and get stuff done. My teammates motivate me a lot. They always want to see me at my best and helping out the team. My dad motivates me a lot, (as well as) all my family members and my grandparents (who)are always there for me and want me to do my best in every aspect.

What are your goals for the rest of the season and the future?

I hope to win a section game against Edina or BSM (Benilde St. Margaret’s). I want us to get at least a .500 win percentage. Hopefully, Josh Middleton, our goalie, will get back so I can see him play again. (I also want to) keep gaining confidence and get ready for sections and improve for next year.

What’s your favorite memory from the season so far?

Either my first goal against Edina or secret santa, I really liked seeing what everybody got, it was pretty funny.

What has gone well in your high school career? 

I think meeting new people has gone well. I really enjoyed getting to know the team. I think playing wise, confidence has been growing. It takes a lot to be a varsity athlete. You got to be ready to go 110% every day at practice and you got to work on your off time.

What have been some of your most proud accomplishments?

I think this year scoring my first varsity goal against Edina was a pretty cool accomplishment. It really has helped me build confidence and helped me bond with the team. 

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Ryan Moran
Ryan Moran, Echo Staffer
Hi, my name is Ryan. I am a Junior and this is my first year on the Echo staff. I look forward to learning how to be a journalist. I play baseball and hockey and love to go out and do new things with friends.
TJ Brayboy
TJ Brayboy, Photo Editor
Hi, my name is TJ and I am a junior this year. I am a captain of the football team and I also do track. This is my first year in Echo! I enjoy playing video games, lifting weights and hanging out with friends. My favorite foods are pasta, fish and chicken.

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