Hockey is fast and fun!
Kyle Volk has been playing hockey since he was 3 years old. The Rugby High School senior just completed his high school hockey career playing in state competition. His team didn’t win, but they had a lot of fun playing hockey with the best.
“It was nice to play in a facility like that,” said Volk speaking about the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.
He had hoped to be there after winning a regional title which was a personal goal for his high school hockey career, but it was not to be.
“At least we lost to the best,” said Volk, who learned through sports that there will always be adversity in life. Always respect your opponent is his motto.
His mom, Kristi, and his cousin Jeremy got him interested in hockey when he was just a tyke. His cousin played hockey and his mom loved to watch the sport. Volk pulled his skates on when he was three and never looked back. He started gettting serious about the sport when he was in Bantam Hockey in about 7th grade.
Injuries weren’t a problem for him as he just ignored them. In his freshman year, he remembers being kneed in the leg. He had an MRI to make sure it wasn’t serious. It turned out to be a bruised muscle so he kept playing. “I skated a little bit differently, but I kept going.”
“I worked as hard as I could all the time,” said Volk. “If I was having a hard day, I encouraged others.”
When he played on the Junior Gold Class B level he achieved 2nd highest scorer in the state as a sophomore. This year on a more advanced level of competition, Volk had a goal of earning a spot in the top 20 scorers in the state and he achieved that goal.He laughed as he looked back and realized that his sophomore year was his worst year for sitting in the penalty box.
“My senior year I have had the least time in the penalty box of my whole high school career,” he said, realizing that maturity has its gifts.
Since 7th grade, he has had two coaches, Jay McCintock and David Hoff. In 2010, Rugby entered a co-op agreement to form the Bottineau-Rugby Braves Hockey Team.
When asked,” What do you like best about Coach Hoff?” Volk responded, “He teaches
hockey skills and life skills. He has always got his game face on.” Hoff was selected as WDA Regional Coach of the Year this year.
Volk participated in track, football, and earned All-State in cross country three times.
Will he continue to play hockey after high school? Volk hopes so. He has talked to Junior 2-tier scouts from out-of -state. He may go to Northland Thief River in Minnesota where he wants to study wind tower technologies and study to be a linesman. Whatever, he decides to do, it will most likely include playing hockey.
He is the son of Kristi Volk, Rugby, Larry Volk, Fargo, and his stepdad, Brad Grove. He said he really appreciates all the sacrifices his mom has made for his hockey career and her support. After all, he did break 7 hockey sticks this season and they don’t come cheap.
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