Anaheim Duck's pick Rowland Raider as high school hockey player of month
And the Anaheim Duck's high school player of the month goes to Taylor Paerels of Rowland High School. What? The Raiders don't even have a hockey team.
But when you come from a hockey family, you're destined to be a hockey player. Especially when your father was a goalie.
So it wasn't surprising when Taylor began skating when he was 7 years old. Roller skating, that is, but give the kid a break, this is Southern California after all.
And you can't argue with success. The Rowland Raider has become quite the defensive player on his Irvine roller hockey team.
Taylor made the JVA first place team this year. His team went on to win the California State Cup Varsity championship sponsored by the Interscholastic
"I like playing defense, I try to figure all the angles and anticipate their moves so I can block their shots," said the 17-year-old Rowland resident.
So why did the local Raider pick roller hockey over more typical sports like football, baseball or basketball.
"My family loves hockey and I like the team aspect of everyone working together," Taylor said. "Besides, the action is a lot quicker than many other sports."
Of course, it always help when your dad is also your coach. John Paerels continues his hockey habit by coaching Taylor's team.
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