David Goodwin '10 begins his professional hockey career.
On July 24, David Goodwin '10 departed for Finland to begin his professional hockey career with the SM-Liiga team Saipa Oy of the Finnish Elite League. For David, playing professional hockey is a dream realized – and one he says would not have been possible without the support of the De Smet Jesuit family.
"De Smet allowed me to excel in areas where I have strengths, and supported me as I worked to reach my goals," he says. A key part of that support system was the Campus Ministry team, especially Mike Callahan and David's Kairos 64 co-leaders, with whom he keeps in touch on a regular basis. He also remains in touch with his former De Smet coaches, including President Corey Quinn '90. "I carry the core principles of the 'Grad at Grad' with me every day," he continues, noting that he has especially embraced "Developing as a Leader" in the Ignatian tradition of service and collaboration. Most recently, he was an instructor at De Smet's Hockey Prospect Camp for middle school students.
I'm very fortunate to have the opportunities I've been given. I told the boys at camp that if they make a commitment to working hard, they will see the rewards of their efforts,"
Following his graduation from De Smet Jesuit, David played junior hockey, a requirement to secure recruitment by a Division I school. He joined Penn State's hockey team during the school's first year playing Division I hockey. "I'm proud that we were able to grow at such a rapid rate," he says. The Nittany Lions won the Big 10 Tournament in 2017 for the first time in school history. David was a senior and captain of the team, and notes he is "so proud of the legacy we left." He graduated from Penn State with a degree in Spanish and Economics.
Now, professional hockey awaits. The Finnish Elite League season runs through the end of April and David is looking forward to a new adventure. "I'm more excited than nervous," he says. "I'm ready for this challenge."