HSE Hockey Captains Will Knight & Eric Larson
Writer & Photographer / Keeley Miller
With a season beginning in August and going through March, the HSE boys hockey team competes almost year-round. Leading the team this year are captains Will Knight and Eric Larson, both seniors at Hamilton Southeastern.
Both Knight and Larson started playing at a young age, encouraged to begin by their family and haven’t stopped since. With over two decades of experience between them, they have spent countless hours on the ice, training and playing against teams around the state and even the nation.
“Hockey is different than just running around on a field. It is a completely different atmosphere,” said Knight. “I like it because the speed of the game is a lot faster. Also, a lot of different components go into the game. In hockey, you have to have athleticism and skill, not only strength.”
Since the season runs much longer than a typical high school sport, the first game comes more than half a year before the state game. For Larson and Knight, there are pros and cons to the long duration.
“It’s kind of fun, you have something to do more than 15-16 games. We have around 60,” said Larson. “There is always hockey; there is not always basketball or football.”
“But you do get burned out a lot faster,” added Knight. “It can be hard to stay focused in November when State is so far away.”
Beyond the athleticism needed for hockey and the long length of the season, Larson and Knight also led their team as captains. This required an extra level of commitment and determination for the seniors.
“As captain, you are held to a higher expectation,” said Knight. “You can’t have any bad games or any days off. You are always expected to be at your best.”
Although neither Larson or Knight plan to play hockey for a college team, they still hope to play recreationally. For them, hockey is more than just a sport.
“It has taught me how to face adversity, work hard and never give up,” said Knight.
For more information on the HSE hockey team, visit hsehockeyclub.com.