By: Aashika Mehta
As captain of the ice hockey team, senior David Corell has an impressive attitude toward life and never fails to impress the people around him––whether to be due to his talent in sports, or his infallible respect for others. Corell worked long and hard on his skills; he began to play when he was only five years old and has been on the merged North and South Ice Hockey team all four years of high school. This hockey season has had a lot in store for Corell. He attained the goal of almost any player: to score a total of one hundred points. But it was not only his talent that brought him that success; it was the passion he holds for the sport and being a team-player. A strong athlete and an even stronger leader, Corell looks out for his team and always puts in his best effort to attain success.
Ice hockey has long been part of Corell’s family––his dad and sister both play hockey, so it became a family activity. His participation in organized hockey resulted from him enjoying the competitive environment in which he played tee ball and club soccer. He hoped that hockey would provide the same satisfaction and he was far from wrong.
Junior Anuj Dutta has been playing with Corell on the team for three years and appreciates the way his captain carries himself. “He is very laid back and does not let his emotions get the better of him when he’s playing,” he said. Corell also has a great willingness to help a player out when in need of assistance or guidance. He looks out for his team first, rather than himself. “David sacrifices personal success for the overall benefit of the team. Mid-way through the season, he switched positions from first line center to defense. Although this has led to a decrease in his points, it has made our hockey team much better as a collective group,” said his coach Andrew Ferencevych.
In the back of his mind, Corell focuses on putting forth his best performance and staying positive. “David has motivated me through the hard work he puts in [hockey] and how he never gives up on the team–– no matter what,” said Junior Ryan Chi. The bigger picture of team satisfaction and growth is what any great leader focuses on.
Even at the end of a tough day, Corell must remain poised. Others look to him to lead, so his energy directly parallels the team’s. He channels his stresses of the day into hockey. “You can be as physical as you want in hockey…Every day I get to step on the ice work my butt off and if I’m mad or frustrated that day, I use it toward the game or practice and I don’t feel quite so bad afterward,” said Corell. Staying positive no matter what circumstance is a difficult feat to accomplish. Yet Corell finds a way to keep smiling even through his toughest battles.
His future in the sport is uncertain, though, as he does not have a definite plan to play ice hockey in college. “It’ll be weird not lacing up my skates every day or looking forward to November to start a whole new season. It’ll just kind of be over, which is odd.”
Corell’s teammates and coaches find both humility and courage in his actions and believe they symbolize his zest for life. “I try to be as adventurous as possible because who knows when you’re gonna have an opportunity again.” said Corell. Hockey gives him the ability to connect with others and pursue new opportunities that he wouldn’t usually be able to experience. This encourages him to be eager for more––guaranteeing that he will be part of many exciting endeavors in the future.