By Holly M., Fredericton High, Fredericton, NB
Ever since he started playing hockey TJ Chisholm has wanted to be a captain. This year his dream came true.
TJ has played hockey since he was 4 or 5 years old. He loves hockey for a number of reasons. "It's fun and it's a great way to stay in shape," he said. "I like the thrill of getting the puck one second and having to make a crucial decision the next second. It really gets me off." Even as TJ talks about hockey you can see the excitement building in his eyes.
TJ said he didn't think he was going to get captain, but he sure was happy when he did. "I was in the dressing room after the game and they gave out all the assistants and I never thought I was going to be captain so I was disappointed when he didn't call me name for assistant. I started to leave and he told me to wait and then he handed me the "C." I was really excited," said TJ. "It was even better because I wasn't expecting it and I've always wanted to be a captain. I've been assistant captain before, but it's different.
This is his first year being captain of his hockey team. "I enjoy being captain but it's more responsibility than being a regular player. You don't have as much authority as the coach, so a lot of the time the other players won't listen. There's not much I can do when that happens," said TJ.
As captain TJ has a few responsibilities. He has to organize the warm ups and practices. "I have to get everyone pumped up. It's my job to make sure they're ready for the game," he said. "I have to talk to the referee if any problems happen during the game. I am a representative of the team; I have to lead by example."
This year TJ plays for the FYHA Recreational Fredericton Dallas Stars. The team has its weaknesses along with its strengths, but TJ says he tries to focus on the good more than the bad. "We do need to improve on our defence, but we're really great at rallying in the third period and knocking the other team back on to their heels," said TJ.
TJ said coaches and players have a difficult relationship. So as captain he has to fill in the gap and help out a lot, especially in motivating the team. "All the players like me so it's easy for me to relate to them," said TJ. He said the fact that he is one of the oldest players on the team helps him lead the team.
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