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Athlete of the Month: Aaron Garcia sticks it to his competition

Christine Valenzuela

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Junior Aaron Garcia poses with his hockey gear.

Q: How did you get introduced to hockey?

A: Originally from my dad because he was a hockey fan and he loved hockey, so he took me to a Kings game. I started playing from there and I loved it.

Q: What is the most challenging aspect about hockey?

A: The pace. It’s a really fast paced sport so you need to be fast and alert.

Q: Why do you like hockey?

A: I think because it’s so physical and intense. In hockey if you touch me we can start fighting, with gloves on. Unlike other sports, where you can’t touch and fight physically.

Q: What are some of your achievements as a hockey player?

A: Just recently I got first star of the week so they announced me at a Kings game. My team also came in second place at a hockey tournament.

Q: How do you balance school and hockey?

A: It’s so hard because I do three sport and I have school and a social life, so a lot of sleepless nights and energy drinks, even though it’s really bad for you.

Q: What are some of your struggles as a hockey player?

A: I’d say flexibility because when you’re a goalie you need to be flexible. I’m pretty flexible but not flexible enough. You need to be able to stretch and go to the side really quick to catch stop the thing.

Q: What are your plans for hockey after high school?

A: I’m hoping to go up to Boston up north, play at college and try to get scouted into juniors.

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