Sam Krochman may not have had any prior ice hockey experience when he showed up to Orange Lutheran’s tryouts three years ago, but that didn’t stop the then sophomore from giving 110 percent and leaving it all on the ice.
Now a senior and a forward for the Lancers, Krochman has learned that hockey is much bigger than the game itself.
“I love the family it’s created,” says Krochman. “What I’m going to miss the most when I graduate is the people. We all love to play hockey, but we’re also friends off the ice.”
Competitive and fearless, Krochman stepped into the role of captain for the JV squad mid-season last year and has been leading by example ever since.
“Sam is a hard working, team first type of player,” says OLu hockey head coach, Ryan Frost. “Our coaching staff often mentions that Sam is the definition of what we want Orange Lutheran hockey to be modeled after. When I first met Sam…he showed me that he wouldn’t let any obstacles get in his way of being part of a program he cared so deeply about. Now three years later, we couldn’t be more proud of what he has accomplished.”
Always looking to improve his skill level, Krochman believes that character, integrity and putting in that extra effort, both on and off the ice, are what set him apart.
“I’m trying to become the best player I can be so I can help others become the best players they can be,” says the 17-year old.
Krochman brings that same work ethic and “all in” attitude to everything he is passionate about, including his business, 191 Above (191above.com), which he started at age 13.
Named after Psalm 19:1 (“The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the works of His hands.”), Krochman is a licensed pilot who works with clients to provide drone aerial photography and videography.
Additionally, Krochman is a member of the STEM Academy and serves as an Ignite leader. He plans to study engineering in college, with the goal of expanding his business.
Krochman is inspired by Art Williams and remains strongly influenced by his parents, who have taught him to work to the best of his ability, giving all the glory to God.
“They’re the most supportive people I could have ever asked for,” says Krochman. “Whatever I’ve done, they’ve always supported me, no matter what.”by Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88