By Ross Forman – Senior Colin Young bring a mosquito approach to the ice for the co-op Kings High School Hockey Club.
“My mom likes to think that I play like a mosquito … I am fast and irritate, but I don’t get stung because of my speed,” Young said. “I’m not the biggest guy out there, so I tend to shy away from trying to go for big hits. But I like to put my all out there; I can chase you down the ice and get something going down at the other end.”
Young, 17, who lives in Algonquin and attends Huntley High School, was a 2-year varsity skater, wearing uniform No. 3. He formerly played for the West Dundee Leafs – and his Kings teammates are a mix of players from Huntley, Hampshire, McHenry, Dundee-Crown, Jacobs, and Burlington Central High Schools. They skate in the IHSHL North Central Division and the Kings play their home games at the Leaf Ice Center in West Dundee and Crystal Ice House in Crystal Lake.
“My dad has been my biggest influence throughout my hockey career,” Young said. “I’ve been lucky to have such a great dad who has been involved in my career throughout, every step of the way. He always says that I should never need to expect perfection out of myself. If we go out and give it our all, and that isn’t enough, then we should have nothing to regret.”
Young skated for the Kings JV team two years ago – and a tournament memory that season still lingers, and long will. They were playing a team from Tampa, Fla., a team that was favored to win the tournament.
“We knew we had no shot at winning, but we talked in the locker room beforehand, and we knew we had nothing to lose,” Young recalls.
Sure enough, the Kings triumphed, winning 4-2.
“It was a meaningless game, but it’s my favorite memory because it was just a moment where the whole team came together and supported one another the whole game,” he said.
“A coach told me a couple years ago that I bring energy to the team. I believe that when my line goes out there and we have a dominant shift, it usually turns the tide of the game and brings a bit of momentum to our side.”
His senior leadership is by example, not verbal.
“I am always trying to work hard out there and help others to reach that next level,” he said.
“I love being a combined team. I mean, I’m sure that being a single school would be fun, but if it weren’t for being a combined team, I never would have met some of these players and coaches that I have developed amazing relationships with.”
Young will attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the fall to study engineering.
Off the ice, Young’s life is, well, still hockey centric. He works at Jerry’s Hockey in Crystal Lake and coaches Learn To Skate.
Photos By: Jurga Tapio and Angela Young
Slapshots With … Kings Center Colin Young
Favorite NHL Team: “I love the Chicago Blackhawks, but if I had to choose a second team it would be the Colorado Avalanche.”
All-time Favorite NHL Player: Marian Hossa
Favorite Sports-Themed Movie: Miracle
Favorite Pre-Game Meal: “I don’t have anything I eat all the time, but my favorite was a Subway sandwich I had with my teammates; it just tasted really good.”
Celebrity You’d Like to Meet: Elon Musk
It’s a Fact: “Luckily, I have never broken a bone.”
Best Hockey Tip: “You don’t need to be perfect out there; you just need perfect effort.” – My dad
Teammate Who You Could See As A Hockey Coach: Jared Petrin
Hardest Slapshot On The Kings: Ben Breen
Most Accurate Shot: Teddy Bittman
Fastest Skater: Charlie Glauser
Best High School Uniforms (other than the Kings): New Trier or Crystal Lake South