Patrick played with the Bighorns for three seasons, helping lead his team to Nationals his senior year.
Now, he goes to school at the University of Central Oklahoma. We asked him about his memories of being a Bighorn and what college has been like.
You’re almost finished with your first year of college, how is it so far?
– College without hockey is a little weird, but in some way it's good. I have more time to focus on school, and gain more experience for my future as a Strength and Conditioning coach (I'm a Kinesiology major).
How is college hockey different from junior hockey?
– College hockey isn't much different from junior hockey. At the end of the day you are still just playing hockey, it's the same sport we've played since we were young.
– The talent level in college is higher, and you also have to manage your time better in college. The road trips are also way longer in college. In junior hockey you could stay up until 3 AM playing video games with the boys, but that doesn't fly in college.
What do you plan of doing after you graduate from college?
– After college I plan on working as a Strength and Conditioning coach back in Dallas. Another Bighorn Alumni, Luke Beltrand, runs a hockey specific gym, so I'm sure I will work with him. I'm also considering going to graduate school to obtain an M.S. in Sports Physiology. I'd love to work with professional sports teams one day.
What is the most important thing you learned as a Bighorn?
– The best life lesson I learned in Helena is that you reap what you sow. We worked hard every day on and off the ice. The national championship trophy is a testament to how hard we worked over the years.
What was the most rewarding thing about playing for the Bighorns?
– The friends I made in Helena were definitely the most rewarding thing about playing junior hockey. Some of my best friends were on those teams, and we continue to be close to this day.
What advice can you give a player who wants to play college hockey?
– The best advice I can give is to start taking college level classes while you're in Helena. Taking three years off of school can make it really hard to get back into the swing of things when college does come around.
What is one of your favorite memories of being a Bighorn?
– The bus ride back after winning nationals is a hard memory to beat. Guys were sleeping with the cup on the way back, and just enjoying our last road trip together.