Student athlete profile - Nate Anderson


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Jim Slonoff

Nate Anderson

Clarendon Hills

When did you first start playing hockey?

When I was about 4 years old, my neighbor dropped off a pair of skates. It was in the wintertime. I went to a frozen rink near me. I skated for the first time. I started playing hockey about a week later. My dad got me lessons, and I just stuck with it.

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

The team effort and the overall competitiveness that comes with the sport. Your team is like a bunch of brothers. Battling with them is the best part.

What is the most challenging part of the game?

It's overall a grind. We're on the ice probably six, seven days a week.

How have you improved since your freshman year?

I think I've just overall gained a lot of confidence each year getting older and growing as a player and a person.

Do you have any pre-game rituals or routines?

I put all my left gear on before my right.

What is the best advice you've gotten from a coach?

No matter what, just keep going. If you're not playing well and you're not scoring, keep going and it will come as long as you work hard.

How would your teammates describe you?

I'm hard-working, I'm always supportive of them and I'm just a good guy to be around in the locker room.

What is your goal for the season?

Make a run in the playoffs and hopefully win our league championship.

Will you play hockey in college?

I'm going to try. I'll always be involved with hockey.

What advice can you share?

If you're in eighth grade or middle school, definitely come play for Hinsdale Central hockey. It's the best four years and you'll have the most fun as compared to club.

Why does coach Spencer Anderson (no relation) like having Anderson on the team?

Nate has evolved into an exceptional two-way center, significantly elevating his performance over the past year to become one of the team's most dominant forwards. His positive attitude and leadership qualities not only elevate his own game but also play a crucial role in driving his teammates toward success.

- profile by Pamela Lannom, photo by Jim Slonoff

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean


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