Ryan Skoczylas knows what it feels like to shoulder a lot of responsibility. The senior has been the starting goalie for the high school hockey team for the last three years, and while his position comes with stress, he has learned to embrace it.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing goalie,” said 17-year-old Skoczylas, who has been playing the position since 2009. “I love the responsibility that comes along with the goalie title and I love playing hard for my teammates because they give their best for me every single day, whether we are at practice or in an intense game.”
Skoczylas has been an NEC all-star for the past two years and received the alumni award two years in a row at the annual hockey banquet.
How has hockey shaped your life?
I just love being a team player and doing my absolute best for my team to win. It’s hard not to love the sport when you get support from your whole team and everyone has your back no matter what. In order for me to show respect for my team, I do my absolute best and that has helped me in all areas of life.
What is your favorite subject?
My favorite subject is history. Both ancient history and any history showing how technology has developed and grown over the years, has intrigued me.
Who is your role model?
My role model is Tom Brady because of how humble he has stayed through all the backlash he receives along with the fame that comes along with his skill. I admire that.
What are your goals for the future?
My current goal is to attend college, although I’m undecided where I will go as of now. I plan to play college hockey and take hockey as far as I can in the future.