Hometown Robitaille graduates after best season to date
"If I could use one word to describe our team this year it would be family," Erik says. "The men on this team are one of the biggest reasons for that, a group of brothers that protect, bleed, and pray for one another. It is an incredibly unique experience to be part of a team that is Christ-centred. Praying before and after games and practices is something that is unbelievably special and unique in the hockey world."
One of the key emotional leaders on the Briercrest hockey team, Erik lifts the morale of his teammates in his witty conversation with opponents and his steady, physical play. He leads the victory song after wins, and is universally loved by his teammates. This has been his most successful season statistically, leading all defencemen in scoring. It is a team accomplishment, however, that stands out when he's asked about his personal highlights: "One of my favourite moments would have to be sweeping Grant MacEwan last season. The fans were incredibly loud and the games were so close and down to the wire. Definitely one of the most memorable moments here."
Erik joined the team in his third year at Briercrest, and those circumstances helped shape him. "Starting out my college career not being part of the hockey team challenged me to find my identity in Christ instead of hockey. Then trying to keep my identity in Christ while playing hockey was challenging but ultimately very valuable for my life."
Coach Ramer commented on Erik that, “he is a role model for what the Briercrest hockey program can be about in living out his faith in the game including his great work ethic, commitment and attitude.”
His post-Briercrest plans are not yet settled, but continuing on in Seminary is one option he's considering. Erik has made his supporters proud every time he'd donned the Briercrest uniform, and we wish him success in all his future endeavors.
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