Michael Janke nominated for ‘athlete of the year’

Michael Janke, goalie on D.C. Everest Boys Hockey Team.

Michael Janke

Michael Janke, goalie on D.C. Everest Boys Hockey Team.

McKayla Hackman

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Michael Janke, senior at D.C. Everest and a 14 year hockey player, recently received an email nominating him for USA Today’s “Athlete of the Year” award.

Janke is excited to attend Lambeau Field for the award Ceremony May 11, 2018.

“There are going to be a lot of great high school athletes there and a lot of cool people. I heard Aaron Rodgers is going to be the guest speaker. I am really excited, I think it will be a lot of fun,” said Janke.

Recognition for all the hard work he put in over the years, is important to Janke.

“It’s a big honor. I’ve worked so hard during the year, and so has my team, and knowing that I got the recognition along with my team, it’s just a great feeling.”

Success does not always come right away, or easily. To be a goalie, you need mental strength to get past your weaknesses.

“There is mental work with being a goalie, too. It’s tough knowing you are the last line of defense and you are the one that is going to let the puck go, you really have to work on just forgetting your mistakes and learning from them and improving for the next day,” Janke said.

Janke plans to take his hockey career to college. Where he plans to play for the Granite City Lumberjacks in Saint Cloud, Minn.

Janke has multiple supporters, from his coaches and friends to his parents. They have helped him with both the physical and mental side of hockey.

“My dad helped me by driving me to games when I was younger, especially in tournaments,” said Janke. “He also helps me buy all the gear since hockey is such an expensive sport.”

Not only has his dad helped with the money aspect, but his mom pep talked him before and after each game that Michael played.

“My mom has been there for the mental side. She talks to me after all the games and tells me what I did wrong, what I can do to improve, forget about the bad games, and focus on the good ones,” Janke said.

With a strong end to his senior year, and a trip to the State tournament, Michael is very thankful for his team and his coaches for helping him gain recognition.

“I just want to thank all my coaches, and all my teammates from youth hockey up to high school. I couldn’t have done it without them and they are a great inspiration to me and I can’t thank them enough.”

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