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FCA Athlete of the Month - August

By USAJHM Staff 09/03/2021, 6:30pm EDT

Quentin Sigurdson takes home monthly honors

Athletes Name: Quentin Sigurdson 

Athletes Team and Level (High school, Junior, etc.): Sartell Sabres, Minnesota High school

Athletes Hometown: Sartell, Minnesota

Athletes Position: Goalie

Athletes Birth date: July 12th, 2003

Athletes Height, Weight: 6’ 1” 160lbs

Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you?

Integrity - I was raised to have strong moral principles both on and off the ice. Although these can be a challenge to uphold, spending time with FCA has surrounded me with likeminded individuals who share my Christian beliefs. 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past?  What has been your experience with us?  How has FCA Hockey impacted you?

I have been involved in a variety of programs through FCA hockey. These include elite goalie camps, Team FCA, and Chowder Cup. All of these experiences have been positive and uplifting. FCA has taught me that being a strong Christian doesn’t mean being a soft athlete. 

What is your favorite scripture verse?  Why is this important to you

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 

When being a warrior in Christ, there is no room for fear. This verse is a reminder that we can put our full trust in Christ, despite the turmoil occurring around us. 

How did you hear about FCA Hockey?

I found out about FCA hockey for the first time through a hockey coach at Minnesota Made, Kurt Morton. 

What else should we know about you (future goals in hockey, family members, what church do you go to, favorite stuff outside of hockey, etc.

Growing up in Minnesota, I have spent many hours playing hockey both inside and out on the pond. My brothers and I all grew up playing hockey, and we needed a goalie to round out the line-up. I was the third of four boys so I took the assignment. I attend the Waters Church in Sartell, MN. Outside of hockey my favorite activities are fishing and hunting. 

FCA Athlete of the Month - July

By USAJHM Staff 08/01/2021, 8:00pm EDT

Christian Jimenez Wins Monthly Honors

Athletes Team and Level (High school, Junior, etc.): Harvard University NCAA Division 1

Athletes Hometown: Yorktown Heights, NY

Athletes Position:  Defense

Athletes Birth date:  03/15/2002

Athletes Height, Weight:  5’10” 195lbs

Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you?

Integrity -  there is an important distinction between integrity and pride, especially self pride. Integrity is staying true to your core values that god has placed into you. Integrity is courage to be different and honorable. 

 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past?  What has been your experience with us?  How has FCA Hockey impacted you?

This is my first experience with FCA Hockey. I am super excited to make way out to Alexandria, and see the amazing for myself. 

 

What is your favorite scripture verse?  Why is this important to you?

1 Thessalonins 5:16 – Rejoice always

Rejoicing is very different than happiness or being happy. Joy comes from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we are called to always be joyful, no matter what. Happiness is circumstantial.

 

How did you hear about FCA Hockey?  

Former Coach, Mark Abalan and former teammate Brenden Olson

 

What else should we know about you?

Future Goals include playing pro hockey and glorifying God. Outside of hockey it is very important to me to be a positive role model for my younger brother. 

FCA Athlete of the Month - June 2021

By USAJHM Staff 07/01/2021, 9:45am EDT

Clayton Brown wins monthly honors

Clayton Brown

Team:  Northstar Knights 18U AAA

Hometown: Huntsville, Arkansas

Position: Forward

Birth Year: 2002

Height: 6'4"

Chosen Attribute: Teamwork


Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you?

Teamwork, because you can have the most talented and most hardworking people all in the same group. However, if the team does not work together, serving one another and pushing one another to be the best they can be, and so that they may achieve one goal collectively as a team. Their efforts are futile.

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you?

 I have been involved with FCA hockey for 2 years. Ever since the first time I attended an FCA camp, i was never the same. Through FCA I have gotten to learn what it is like to have a real relationship with Jesus, and I have gotten to meet many Godly men. I would not be the man I am today if it were not for FCA hockey.

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?

 Psalm 73:26 “my strength may fail and my spirit may grow weak but God remains the strength of my heart, he is mine forever” this verse reminds me of how God is my strength that gets me through my life and the trials and tribulations that await me. He is with me forever and nothing can separate me from him.

What else should we know about you?

 My favorite NHL team is the Toronto Maple Leafs (sorry Bobby) and God has blessed me beyond belief.

FCA Athlete of the Month - May

By USAJHM Staff 06/03/2021, 12:30pm EDT

Name:

Clayton Cosentino

Athletes Team and Level (High school, Junior, etc.): 

Aberdeen Wings (NAHL) junior

Athletes Hometown:

San Carlos CA

Athletes Position:

Center

Athletes Birth date:

june 18 2000

Athletes Height, Weight

6'2 195

Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you?

Serving: Serving is so important to me because it's something that can always be done whether at the rink or at church and everywhere in between. But serving is so important to me because with hockey you're on the road a lot traveling and playing games that you may have to miss church but that doesn't mean you can't do God's work. Serving can come in all different forms whether it's putting others first in all of you, being the guy people can come talk to or just leading by example in a righteous way.  God wants us to be pillars in our community and serving others and being a light to teammates and even opponents is just what God desires from us. 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you?

I have been part of a FCA discipleship class, it was a great experience because I was able to meet and study with other guys in the same shoes as me in regards with becoming a better disciple for the Lord as well as going through our junior hockey careers. 

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?

Phillipians 4:13 is my favorite verse because it is something that is always true and gives me encouragement to compete and strive for success day in and day out. 

What else should we know about you?

I love to fish and spend time with my buddies!

FCA Athlete of the Month - April

By USAJHM Staff 05/04/2021, 3:15pm EDT

Dawson McCann Wins Monthly Award

Name: Dawson McCann

Team: Northstar Knights 16U

Hometown: Minot, ND

Position: LW

Birthdate: October 14, 2004

Height/Weight: 6’4” 201lbs

Pick one of the following attires (teamwork, excellence, serving, and integrity), why is this attribute important to you?

An attribute that stands out to me is serving others. I believe that God has blessed each of us with talents and I feel it is important to share our talents with others. I enjoy helping others and being able to see how a little act of kindness can make a lasting impact on someone else’s day. I also have learned a lot from others while helping them. I want to continue to serve others to spread God’s love. 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you?

I attended an FCA Hockey camp in Alexandria, MN last summer prior to beginning my journey with Northstar Christian Academy. It was so comforting to be able to be a part of a group that makes it a priority to praise God while playing hockey. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to grow in my faith both on and off the ice with the support of FCA and Northstar staff and teammates.

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

Philippians 4:13

This verse is important to me because without Jesus in my life, I would be nothing. I lean on God to grant me strength and to guide me throughout the ups and downs of life. I know that with God by my side, I am able to be the best version of me and can achieve all that I put my heart and soul into.

What else should we know about you?

Other than playing hockey, I enjoy farming and ranching. Helping out on the farm brings me peace and joy. I’m able to take in and appreciate all of God’s blessings around me. 

FCA Athlete of the Month - March

By USAJHM Staff 03/25/2021, 2:15pm EDT

Tyler Johnson Recognized With Monthly Honor

Athletes Name: Tyler Johnson

Athletes Team and Level (High school, Junior, etc.): Northstar Christian Academy U18 AAA

Athletes Hometown: Superior, Colorado 

Athletes Position: Defense 

Athletes Birth date: April 1, 2003

Athletes Height, Weight: 6’0 170

 

Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you? 

I believe that teamwork is the most important attribute because when everyone works together as one almost anything can be accomplished. Weather it be on the ice, at home, or in our faith.

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you? 

I have not been involved with FCA hockey before this year. But it has impacted me so much through how much love is involved with it. I have felt more love, companionship, and team camaraderie then I have ever felt before. And I feel blessed by that. 

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?  

1 John 3:20 “If our hearts condemn us, we know God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything” 

This verse is one of my favorites because it tells us how great god is especially in times we need him the most. “He is greater than our hearts” it just amazes me how awesome he is. 

FCA Athlete of the Month - February 2021

By USAJHM Staff 03/02/2021, 2:15pm EST

Name:  Jensen Martinson

Team: Alexandria Cardinals (PeeWee)

Hometown: Alexandria, MN

Position: Right Wing

Birth Date: May 9, 2009

Height & Weight: 140 & 5’7”

Teamwork is important to me because it is so fun being a part of a team. It’s awesome knowing that I am a part of what happens on the ice, but I also feel so excited for my teammates when they score a goal or do something great on the ice! It is a terrific feeling when we can celebrate and encourage each other.  

I have attended week-long FCA Hockey Skills Camps over the past two summers. I also got to be a part of an on-going FCA skills program this past summer. When I am at an FCA camp, I love seeing how God impacts everyone’s lives. The leaders share testimonies that speak to my heart. They have taught me about being humble and treating others how I would want to be treated myself. Plus, the ice time and dry land time help me develop as an athlete. I really like the rapid shot station. It’s so fun meeting new friends from all over. FCA Hockey Camps are great!

My favorite scripture verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Through that verse, I know that Jesus is my true strength, and He will help me through anything and everything in life. It gives me courage to work hard at hockey.

I am game for almost anything, from farming with my uncle and cousin, to snowboarding with friends, or taking trips with my family. I love to have a good time. I tell a lot of jokes and like to make people laugh! 

FCA Athlete of the Month - January

By USAJHM Staff 01/31/2021, 8:00pm EST

Name: Jakob Stender

Team: Aberdeen Wings, NAHL

Hometown: Alexandria, MN

Position: Defense 

Birth Date: 08/07/02

Height & Weight: 6’0, 185lbs

Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you? 

Attribute: Integrity, because being at Northstar the last two years I learned how much integrity means, it is good to have integrity when it comes to friends and family! 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you? 

I have been involved with FCA Hockey the last 2 years, I have been to team fca the last two years and that is my favorite FCA event I have been to, FCA has impacted me big time, learning about god every day at camp and meeting very nice and god driven hockey players and coaches! 

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you? 

My favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” This verse is my favorite because this verse tells me that god will always be with me and strengthens me no matter the good or bad times! 

What else should we know about you? 

What’s else to know about me! My parents names are Kim and Chad and my sister is Brooke, we have a dog named Crosby! 

FCA Athlete of the Month - December

By USAJHM Staff 12/31/2020, 5:00pm EST

Tyler Rider of the Chippewa Steel Wins Monthly Honors

Athletes Name: Tyler Ryder
 
Athletes Team and Level (High school, Junior, etc.): Chippewa Steel (NAHL)
 
Athletes Hometown: Byron Center, Michigan
 
Athletes Position: Defensemen
 
Athletes Birth date: 12/7/2001
 
Athletes Height, Weight: 6’3 190 lbs.
 
Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you? 

Serving is one of the most important attributes to me because it shows others what being a Christ Follower is about and is a great way for others to see Christ through you.
 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you? 

I have attended Northstar Christian Academy for two years and multiple FCA events which have completely changed my life. I will forever be impacted by those two years that truly set me down
the right path.
 
What is your favorite scripture verse?

Romans 12:1 Why is this important to you? This verse is important to me because it tells us how we are supposed to truly worship God with everything we do because what he has done for us.
 
What else should we know about you?


I love spending time with my family and friends.

FCA Athlete of the Month - November

By USAJHM Staff 11/30/2020, 6:30pm EST

Nate Albers of the Notre Dame Hounds Wins Monthly Honors

FCA Hockey Athlete of the Month - November

Athletes Name:  Nate Albers 

Athletes Team and Level (High school, Junior, etc.): Notre Dame Hounds SJHL 

Athletes Hometown: Mckinney, Texas 

Athletes Position: Right wing 

Athletes Birth date: May 26, 2001 

Athletes Height, Weight: 6’4 195 

Pick one of the following attributes (Teamwork, Excellence, Serving, and Integrity): Why is this attribute important to you? 

Excellence is such an important attribute to me because the Bible calls us to do everything for the Lord and I believe the best way to do that is to act in excellence. 

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you? 

FCA has changed my life forever. I played for the Northstar Knights for 2 years as well as attending numerous camps and interning over their past summer. The family that is FCA is unlike any other. An amazing group of believers all working towards the same goal, to impact the lives of young athletes for the Lord. 

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you? 

Hebrews 12:11 

This verse is important to me to because discipline is a crucial part of success in every aspect of life. 

What else should we know about you? 

I am beyond blessed to be apart of FCA and will continue to be until I no longer can. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the amazing people that make up the organization. 

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Official’s Spotlight - AJ Potvin

By USAJHM Staff 02/12/2019, 8:00am EST

BOSTON, MA -- During a hockey game, who has the toughest job on the ice? The officials.

There is no game with no officials, and no individuals get more criticism throughout the sport. The officials are in charge of monitoring the game in a fair and honest manner. They are also involved with every play, as they can never make a line change, and throughout the contest they need to be as invisible as possible. There is no task more difficult than officiating a hockey game, and as a thank you to these top-notch individuals, the USAJHM will be presenting a monthly official’s spotlight, highlighting an advocate of the game that has gone above and beyond.

This month’s official’s spotlight features AJ Potvin.

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