This is the first in a series of bi-weekly player journals from 2004 eligible forward Sean Garrity (Green Bay – USHL). Sean is ranked 98th by the Central Scouting Bureau in their mid-term rankings. He is heading to St. Cloud State University in the Fall of 2004.
My name is Sean Garrity. I’m 18 years old and I am from North St. Paul, Minnesota. Currently, I am playing hockey for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL. It is my first year and so far I am enjoying it very much. Last year I played hockey for the Polars at North St. Paul High School. I had three very successful years at North St. Paul. All three years I earned All Conference honors. My senior year I received All-State and All-Metro honors. My greatest accomplishment, however, came in my senior year. I was chosen as one of the top ten finalists for the Mr. Hockey award, which is given to the best high school player in the state. I was also fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to St. Cloud State for 2004 and am very excited about being a part of the WCHA.
Recently I was selected to participate in the USHL All-Star/Prospects game in Lincoln, Nebraska. That was an awesome experience and one filled with great memories. First, we attended a banquet. The guest speaker was one of the best, if not the best coach of all time, Scotty Bowman. He told us some great stories and highlighted several memorable experiences as a coach.
It was now time for hockey! We had a practice early the next morning which gave us a chance to meet our teammates and get used to playing together for the game later that evening. At 7pm the puck dropped. The game was filled with back and forth scoring chances, one right after another. After an almost scoreless first period, I scored the first goal for Team World on a shot from the top of the circle which was a moment and a memory I will never forget. We scored two additional goals giving us a 3-0 lead halfway through the third period. Just when it seemed we had the game in hand, their comeback started. With little time left in regulation, Team USHL tied the game at 3-3. The game went into overtime with Team USHL coming out on top 4-3.It was an awesome experience and an event I will never forget.
Currently, I’m having a great time playing for the Green Bay Gamblers. This has been a big change for me coming out of high school. The caliber of hockey, playing a 60 game schedule and longer bus rides (approximately 25,000 miles by season’s end!) makes for a busy season. Also, living away from home for the first time and moving in with a family I didn’t know was quite an adjustment. However, I was very fortunate to get a really great billet family. They constantly bend over backwards for me and are always there which makes me feel at home. The USHL is the perfect stepping stone to prepare me to play at the next level and to give me the exposure to NHL scouts.
Overall, my experience here in the USHL has been a very positive one. With the season winding down, I will always remember these six plus months for the rest of my life.
Next year I will be attending school and playing hockey at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. As of now, I plan on going into business with a major in accounting. I’m looking forward to being a part of the St. Cloud Huskies tradition.
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