NHL Game Inspires Yorktown Senior to Play Hockey

Anuj Gupta controls during a regular season game.

Yorktown senior Anuj Gupta was a team captain and forward on the Brewster/Yorktown ice hockey team.

How old were you when you started playing hockey and how did you get started?

I was 5 years old when I first stepped on the ice and I decided to play hockey after going to my first San Jose Sharks game.

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What do you think are your strengths as a hockey player?

My vision and ability to know where to be in order to put the puck in the net before my defenders know where I’m going.

As a senior captain on the team this year, how did you see your role as a leader?

To keep the boys calm and to make them realize that anything is possible in hockey and to never give up on a play or a game.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

There’s nothing better than winning a game and jamming out to throwback songs with the boys.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My biggest role model over the years has definitely been my grandpa, who served in the Indian army, and has taught me many valuable life lessons.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I like to bake.

Do you plan on continuing hockey in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you decide on that college?

I plan on taking my talents to the club hockey team of wherever I end up going to school.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I want to study finance in college because I like working with numbers and Mrs. Firestone is the G.O.A.T.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

My favorite professional athlete is Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers and my favorite college team is the Michigan Wolverines.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

My favorite rapper to listen to before a game is 21 Savage.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

The ability to fly so I could travel and explore the world.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would go to Germany and go to a Borussia Dortmund soccer game because their fans are crazy.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

Chicken parmesan.

Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?

Nonna’s Pizzeria because of the chicken bacon ranch and buffalo chicken slices.

What advice would you give to a young hockey player growing up in Yorktown?

Although hockey isn’t the biggest sport in this town, keep at it because it’s definitely the most fun and exciting sport to play.

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