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Playing for Seahawks

Finlay Ulrick, OH 2008-16, left Hymers College to establish a successful ice-hockey career

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As a former student of Hymers College, my journey through the world of hockey has been one filled with challenges, triumphs, and unforgettable experiences. Reflecting on my career, it's clear that the foundations laid during my time at Hymers played a significant role in shaping the athlete and individual I am today.

My hockey journey began at the age of four. Starting with junior leagues playing for Hull and later Sheffield, I soon realised the potential to hone my skills on a larger stage further. Following my GCSEs, I moved across the pond to Lake Placid, USA. There, at Northwood School, our days were tailored around hockey meaning I would train on the ice and in the gym almost every day whilst also continuing my studies. This intense schedule improved me as a player and taught me how to balance a busy work and play schedule.

Initially eyeing a college hockey career in the States, I pursued opportunities. However, no offer made sense for me to stay, leading me back to the UK. So, I explored my options in the Elite League (EIHL) with Manchester showing the most interest. This proved to be a turning point, as what was initially a one-year commitment blossomed into a four-year tenure. I enjoyed my time in Manchester but recognised it was time for a change. 

Therefore, I decided to sign with my hometown team, the Hull Seahawks in the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL). I had played a few games on loan here the previous season and enjoyed the set-up of the organisation and the people involved with the club. Also, the prospect of playing at home and in front of friends and family every week proved to draw me in. Over the Christmas period, an opportunity arose for me to sign with Sheffield Steelers in the EIHL on a two-way with Seahawks, allowing me to play some games when needed. This gave me exposure back in the top flight of British Hockey whilst also remaining primarily with Hull.

Besides club endeavors, the privilege of representing my country stands as a pinnacle in my career. From the prestigious Pee Wee tournament in Quebec at age 13 representing England to wearing the Great Britain jersey at various levels, each opportunity instilled invaluable lessons and memories. Traveling the globe, from South Korea to Tallinn, Estonia, and hockey allowed me to explore different cultures and for that I am grateful.

Undoubtedly, the ethos of sportsmanship and teamwork instilled during my tenure at Hymers laid the groundwork for my athletic pursuits. Whether battling on the pitch or in the rink, the resilience cultivated through years of winter rugby matches and participating in a range of team and individual sports.

Hymers' emphasis on rounded development extended beyond the classroom. Exposure to numerous sports, from rugby to swimming and tennis, imparted essential skills in handling pressure and fostering individual and team performance.

As I look back on my journey thus far, I am grateful for my time at Hymers and the lessons it has taught me along the way.

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