“My name is Tianna Caplin, and I am proud to share that I’ve attended the Hockey Training Institute during the 2014-2015 hockey season. Firstly, I’d like thank coaches and staff for their amazing hard work and support throughout my 6 months of being a student and player at the academy.
There is no doubt in my mind that Jenya, Nemmy, Catherine and Johan put my teammates and myself through the best off-ice and on ice training I’ve experienced. Within the first few weeks I felt change in my body; strength and health wise. On ice, I feel that I improved with simple important knowledge of the game from my coaches more than I ever have before; just changing my technique I’ve found my shot to be more powerful and effective. That being said, it does not come easy, but it does come with hard work and dedication. Jenya and Nemmy taught me the limits you need hit to be the best, to compete and to bring out everything you got until exhaustion. Being a hockey player is more than dressing up in your gear, shooting a puck around and “living the dream.” My journey at HTI showed me what it’s like to hurt in places my body never hurt before. I taped my sticks, sharpened my skates, and dripped sweat more than I ever have but I can promise you that every second of it is worth it! I know now what I need to do to prepare myself for the next level, and I have my coaches from HTI to thank for that.
The HTI stars is not just a label on the wall, helmet or jersey, we are a family; we bonded, laughed, argued, cheered, cried and had each other’s back through everything and anything. We grew from so small to so big within our team together and as individuals. Jenya gave us the opportunities to experience watching the Detroit vs. Pittsburgh and CWHL all-star game where I watched my favourite players of all time play the game I love, Crosby and Hilary Knight. I’ve grown so much over the past year and HTI is a huge part of my accomplishments and helped me with my mind set of things in a brighter light. This program was one of the best decisions I’ve made and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of being a part of the Hockey Training Institute, and I couldn’t have asked to spend it with a better group of girls and staff!
Finally, some little advice from a vet, never give up and ALWAYS stay low!
Tianna Caplin #2”
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