One of the first memories of my childhood I have is being taught to skate at a local park that froze its basketball court in the winter. I began skating almost as soon as I started walking. My father actively played hockey for a recreational league and quickly found in my sister and me a means to pass this love on. Thirteen years of my childhood were spent on the ice playing and practicing. I excelled at defense, giving the goalie a relief from the tireless work of defending the goal. Playing with my sister quickly instilled in me and everyone else we played with a sense of fairness and willingness to allow all who wanted to play the chance. In college, I was able to play for a recreational league made up of members from a power skating class.