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Aidan Rodgers

1) Any story or significance behind your jersey number?
My number is #50 because of Corey Crawford who played for the Blackhawks. He has been my favorite goalie for as long as I can remember. I met him when I was very little.

2) At what age did you start playing hockey?
I started playing Maulers Cubs at age 5.

3) What is your favorite hockey memory?
My favorite memory is in my first year of travel hockey, at one of our first tournaments in Detroit, we won the Championship.

4) Most embarrassing hockey moment?
Oh I’ve had a few but the worst is letting in a red line goal.

5) What is a hockey accomplishment that you are proud of?
I am very proud of how far I’ve come as a goalie and as a person.

6) Who is your favorite hockey coach and why?
I’ve been lucky to have great coaches as a Mauler and a Viper. Coach Tim pushed me to give more effort. Coach Roy is the best goalie coach ever. Coach Hingley has helped me become a better person off the ice.

7) What has hockey mean to you over the years?
Hockey has been my second home. It’s been a welcome break from the pressures of school. I’m thankful for all of my teammates over the years.

8) What would you like to say to your parents?
Thank you for everything. The experiences that hockey has given me, the places we have traveled to, the memories over the years, I can’t thank you both enough for all you’ve done to make this happen.

9) What are your plans after high school?
I plan on attending either CLC or Southern Illinois University to study Automotive Engineering. 

Parent thoughts:
Aidan, from your days as a rink rat, Maulers Cubs, Mite Gold, Mite Red, your first year as a goalie for Maulers Travel, all through your Vipers teams to U18…we have enjoyed every moment of this crazy hockey adventure. There has been blood, sweat and tears; many sets of goalie pads, blockers and gloves, and tons of broken goalie sticks. We’ve traveled many miles, visited the drive thru at many Dunkin’s and Mickey D’s, and you’ve had tons of chocolate milks. And all along the way, on the ice you’ve grown to be a great goalie, but even more important off the ice, you’ve grown to be a good human. You’ve had struggles and success. You’ve had wonderful coaches who have challenged you, and amazing teammates who’ve supported you. The life lessons you’ve learned through hockey will carry you forward in whatever you do.

We are so proud of how far you’ve come and can’t wait to see where you go next. We love you to beyond Pluto.
Love, Mom and Dad