By Matt Dunn, Contributing Writer
School: Shrewsbury High School
Sport: Varsity Ice Hockey
Class: Class of 2019
Shrewsbury – Peter Belbin, a captain of the Shrewsbury High School (SHS) varsity boys’ hockey team and rising senior, recently shared some of his favorite experiences playing for the school’s hockey team, growing up in town, and his plans for the future.
What is your favorite part of living in Shrewsbury?
“My favorite part about living in Shrewsbury is all the opportunities it provides me. I get to go to a school where I receive a great education with a lot of great people. I love that Shrewsbury gives me the opportunity to play sports; whether it be town baseball, ice hockey or track. I am also grateful for all the friends I have made in Shrewsbury at school and playing sports.”
What do you most enjoy about playing hockey?
“What I enjoy about hockey the most is the brotherhood created within the team. For three months our team is always together for games, practices, pasta parties or supporting our fellow Shrewsbury High sports teams. We love being around each other and just hanging out as a team. On the ice, we work hard not only for ourselves but for every other member on our team. I also love that hockey is one of the more difficult sports to play. There are many people who don’t know how to skate, and I think the challenge of the sport is one of the things I love about it. Lastly, I love the thrill of the game. Flying down the ice, hitting someone into the boards, or scoring a goal all add to the thrill of the game and make the sport a lot of fun to play.”
You are graduating high school this coming spring – what’s next?
“After graduating high school, I plan to attend college. I am still in the process of applying to colleges, so I am still not sure yet where I am headed. In college, I plan to study civil engineering and hope to play hockey on a club or intramural team.”
What accomplishment you are most proud of?
“I am most proud of the two state championships that our [hockey] team has won in the past two years. Shrewsbury High had never won back-to-back state championships before last year and to be a part of this was definitely something I am quite proud of. My teammates and I put in a lot of work during the offseason and throughout the season and to see it pay off in two state championships is accomplishment we are all very proud of.”
What is your biggest pet peeve?
“My biggest pet peeve is when people don’t say ‘thank you.’ I know that is kind of a strange pet peeve, but I always try to be respectful to all people and I feel the easiest way to be respectful is to simply say ‘thank you.’”
Who do you most admire? Why?
“I most admire both my parents, Edward and Julie Belbin. Both my parents chose to be teachers in order to benefit the lives of children. Their selflessness and willingness to help others is one of the many things that I admire about them. My parents have shown me how to be respectful, honest and kind to others. They show me endless love and I can’t express how grateful I am to have them as my parents.”
What advice would you give a younger student-athlete?
“My advice would be to work hard and enjoy every moment. I like to set goals in classes, workouts, practice, and games. I find that setting these goals forces me to work hard in order to achieve them. Lastly, I advise younger student-athletes to enjoy the experience. Stepping onto the ice with your teammates in front of a packed crowd being able to represent your school and your town is one of the greatest thrills you will ever experience. Student-athletes should enjoy every one of these moments.”