MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Senior Aidan Martin is co-captain of the Mahopac hockey team.
The team has gotten off to a bit of a slow start this year. How you do turn things around?
Obviously, this is not the start anyone in the locker room or really in the section expected us to have. We have been making positive strides in the past few games and everyone is settling into their new roles. We are a very young team but the effort has been there every game. It is frustrating but we know if we keep working the bounces will go our way and the wins will come.
As a senior captain, how do you view your role as a leader?
My co-captains (Cooper Bentancourt and Danny Schum) and I try to set the right example everyday whether it is in practice, a game, or in the classroom. Everybody on the team this year is being a leader, which makes our jobs easy. Everyone pushes the pace in practice and works to get the team better.
What are your individual and team goals for the season?
As a team I definitely think we can make a nice second-half run and make some noise in sectionals. We preach being the team nobody wants to play. I try my best not to focus on individual goals. I really just focus on helping the team win in any way, shape, or form.
How old were you when you started playing hockey and what got you started?
I actually got my start playing roller hockey here in town when I was 5 years old. I really fell in love with the sport right away. From there, my parents signed me up for the in-house league at Brewster Ice Arena. Once I reached fourth grade, I started playing travel hockey. My older brother, Luke, was the key to the start of my hockey career. My mom first brought me to the rink when I was two weeks old to watch one of his games and ever since then I have been a rink rat.
What is your favorite team activity or pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates? What about a personal pregame or postgame ritual?
I really enjoy warming up with the team outside before games. I think of it as our last chance to relax before we all focus in on the game. Personally, I make sure I’m drinking a lot of water and eating right before and after the game. At the rink I tape my stick at the same time, same spot, and the same way. I also do the same stretches every time and listen to a lot of music.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role models are without a doubt my parents. They are both extremely hardworking and have always taught my brothers and me the right way to do things. On the ice, I’d say my biggest role model is Steven Santini. Steve played high school hockey with my brother and eventually played for Team USA and Boston College and is now in the NHL. I have been following him since I was seven years old and have really learned a lot from watching him. When I was younger at summer hockey camp I would always see Steve come back and work on his craft and give some time to kids like me. Both my parents and Steve do things the right way and that’s what I try to do on and off the ice.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I am a big “Seinfeld” guy.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what are you planning on studying and why?
I am planning on double majoring in health education and physical education in college. I have always had a passion for promoting a healthy lifestyle as well as coaching.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
My pregame playlist is mostly rap and dance music.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
If I could have one superpower it would be to fly. Seeing the world is something I’d love to do and being able to fly would save sooooooo much money.
What is your favorite place to visit on vacation and why?
Colorado is without a doubt one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. My family and I really love to hike and just be outside. The mountains were amazing for all of that. There is just so much to do there.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
Benvenutos. The penne alla vodka and chicken parm are untouchable.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
I definitely like Twitter. I don’t tweet a lot but it is cool to see what’s going on in high school sports and in the world. My followers are lacking so go follow me @amartin973.
For a young athlete growing up in the Mahopac School District, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the hockey team and why should they go out for the team
Being part of the hockey team has been an awesome experience. Playing in front of the Maniacs with your best friends is unbeatable. The way the Mahopac Hockey Association and the community treats us is amazing. Playing for guys like Coach Donaghy, Coach McGee,and Coach Woodrow is awesome. There’s nothing I would change about these last four years.