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S: Chad's Hockey Years

BC: Hard work is the only way to go. Strive to be the best you can be and remember that when you try your best, you can't ask any more from yourself, and people can't ask any more from you. -Michael Chang

FC: Chad's Hockey Years

1: ”You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” - Wayne Gretzky | Don't go through life without goals. | You've got to love what you're doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time. -Gordie Howe | Hockey's a funny game.you have to prove yourself every shift, every game. It's not up to anybody else. You have to take pride in yourself. -Paul Coffey | Chad, Congratulations! You did it! This is a book of memories from throughout your hockey career. Hopefully it will continue to grow. There's also some advice from a few Hockey Heroes. Love Always, Cait

2: Initiation Detroit Red wings hamburg nike base | Chad learned the hard way that playing goalie was just not for him

3: Mini Mites Florida panthers coach nelson & coach benedict

4: Hamburg Hawks Hockey | Travel Hockey Begins...

5: Coach Fred Mueller | C H A M P S

6: Teammate Eric Mueller & Chad hanging out | The early travel hockey years were certainly the most memorable. A lot of long-lasting friendships began here!

7: 2004 Buffalo Prospects

8: Christmas Party | Buffalo Regals Hockey 2004-2005 | When the Hawks split up after a few great years together, everyone went in different directions. Chad chose the Buffalo Regals!

9: West Seneca Wings 2005-2006 | Coaches Mac McCarthy & Rogie

10: Wheatfield Blades 2006-2007 | Coaches Morris Titanic & Bob Kirisits | Tr | With some of the boys in the subway station while in NYC for States.

11: Frontier Falcons Modified Basketball & Modified Football 2006-2007 | Chad spent a few years juggling hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and football before deciding that he only wanted to play HOCKEY!

12: Buffalo Saints Hockey | Coaches Justin Cefaly, John Bowers, & Scott Hurd

13: States 2009 | In High School, the hockey season was split. Chad played for the Buffalo Saints and the St. Francis Federation Team during his Freshman year. He played for the Buffalo Saints and St. Francis Prep Team during his Sophomore year.

14: A Trip to Long Island, NY | The first half of the split season was a success. The team made it to States in Long Island before starting the season with the St. Francis Federation team.

15: Coaches Chuck Roessler, Larry Roessler, & Scott Diebold

16: Coaches John Bowers, Scott Hurd & Scott Diebold

17: St. Francis Prep Hockey | On-Ice Team Photo | “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. - Michael Jordan

18: 2009-2010 Coach: Billy Ciraulo Detroit, Michigan

20: Action

21: Shots!

22: Little Caesars Hockey

23: States 2010

24: E M P I R E S T A T E | Opening Ceremonies

25: G A M E S 2 0 1 0 | WESTERN

26: Empire State Games | August 2010 | Teammates

27: C H A M P S

28: Little Caesars 2010-2011 | Coach: Billy Ciraulo Detroit, Michigan

29: Kujawa & O'Hara

30: In the Locker Room

31: T E A M | T A L K

32: Last Game in a Caesar Uniform

33: Chad met a lot of great hockey players and friends throughout his two years with the Little Caesars. The memories will last forever!

34: Moving to the Mitten By Efrain Garcia May 12, 2010 To some hockey fanatics, the phrase “hockey is life” may seem to describe their lifestyle at an accurate level, but to three individuals that are new to the state of Michigan, that phrase is true- hockey is literally their life. Chad Kujawa, Connor Wright, and Wes Elrod have made the ultimate sacrifice of leaving their friends and family after being recruited to play hockey for one of the most elite Midwest AAA Hockey Clubs to further pursue their dream of playing professional hockey. These three young men all came to Michigan during the early days of August, and they all share the same intense passion for hockey which has brought them together during this unfamiliar experience. “It was hard moving away from my family at such a young age, but I have adapted and got used to living on my own without my parents,” junior Chad Kujawa said.

35: These three boys are all far away from home, coming from different areas of the country; Kujawa coming from Lakeview, New York, Elrod hails from Nashville, Tennessee, and Wright is from Anchorage, Alaska. The boys will miss many things from home, but they understand that this is something that must be done in order to achieve their dreams. “Michigan is very different from home and its cold,” Elrod said. The three athletes are currently playing for Little Caesar’s Hockey; Chad and Connor playing forward and Wes playing defense. It is common for hockey players to get drafted after high school or go straight to playing in a semi-pro league, but some Division I schools that Chad, Wes, and Connor would be interested in playing for are Michigan State, Boston College, and the University of Michigan which are all college hockey powerhouses. Considering that they are playing for a hockey club in Michigan, it is very realistic that they could play hockey for a college in the state or perhaps even be looked at by the Detroit Red Wings depending on their playing level. For 16-year-old Chad Kujawa, the dream of playing professional hockey is so close he can taste it. He has had the unbelievable experience of witnessing a close friend who played for the Michigan State Spartans get drafted to the NHL. This player is Buffalo Sabre, Tim Kennedy, who was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals. “Tim Kennedy has influenced me the most because he’s my friend from Buffalo and I’ve been watching him progress over the year. Now he plays in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres,” Chad Kujawa said. Hockey is all these boys have while living in Michigan and everyday they are getting closer to their dreams. They are all many miles away from their friends and family, but the sport of hockey keeps them feeling at home.

36: Little Caesars Delivers for Hitmen by: Ken Oda chicagohitmenhockey.com The Hitmen are proud to announce the signing of their third tendered player for next year, Chad Kujawa. Kujawa joins Alec DeAngelo and Hunter Long as 1992 birth year players signed for next season. The Lakeview, New York, native grew up a Buffalo Sabres fan, but his favorite player is Dion Phaneuf. Kujawa says he models his game after his favorite player while playing for Little Caesars U18 which is in Detroit. Kujawa will bring some size and grit to the Hitmen blue line next season standing 6’1” and 185 lbs., and racking up 92 penalty minutes in 34 games this season for Little Caesars. The lefty shooting d-man has also chipped in 6 points this year. Kujawa credits his family for his success to this point.

37: Chad wouldn't be where he is today without the help and support from... | H | Family | The Sole Family | Coaches | Mrs. Novak | F r i e n d s | T e a m m a t e s | Teachers | Mary Kay & Rick Osgood

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