Mill Creek Hawks inline hockey player Avery Barrett provides leadership and experience to a young and upcoming team.
“As a young team, we’ve had several discouraging games, yet Avery has never given less than 100 percent when he’s on the rink," head coach Todd Galucki said. "When Avery plays, you can’t tell if it’s the beginning of the game or late in the game, if it’s a close game or a blowout, his continuous effort is consistent throughout.”
Barrett is a talented star player who realizes the importance of working as a team.
“Avery has the talent to take over a game with his individual skills, and the discipline to realize the importance of including his teammates as well,” Galucki added.
According to Coach Galucki, Barrett’s poise and steady play have been key factors in shaping this young team. He is looked upon as a leader in the locker room, on the bench, as well as on the rink.
“Avery is not a boisterous leader, in fact he’s rather quiet and reserved, but his positive energy on the bench contributes to his effectiveness as a team leader,” Galucki explained. “He rarely allows his teammates to get discouraged, which can happen easily on a young team. And I’ve noticed how his teammates feed off his effort and enthusiasm. When they see how much effort he puts into his game, they all seem to step up their effort. That’s the mark of a true team leader.”
Barrett started playing inline hockey at age 7 and started travel hockey at age 8. In seventh grade he began playing ice hockey while still playing inline hockey. By eighth grade, he was playing on a Junior Thrashers travel ice hockey team, a travel inline team and played the first year Mill Creek started their ice hockey team.
“Needless to say, his eighth grade year was very busy with him playing on three different teams,” Barrett’s mother Angie Barrett wrote in an email to Dacula Patch. “By the end of that season, he proved himself worthy and was the only eighth grader on the starting line up in the playoff games for Mill Creek Ice Hawks hockey team. He made the winning goals in the quarter and semi final games which took the team to the state championship game which they won that year.”
In the summer prior to his eighth grade year, Barrett played for the Georgia State inline hockey team. The team traveled to Chicago to represent Georgia and took second place. The following spring Barrett made a Junior Thrasher Ice Hockey team and traveled to Canada where they took second place in their division.
In Barrett’s freshman and sophomore years, he played travel ice hockey for the Atlanta Knights Midget A and AA teams where he traveled to numerous out of state tournaments including trips to Chicago and Washington D.C. He also still played for the Mill Creek Ice Hawks.
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Dacula Patch Athlete of the Week: Avery Barrett
Team: Mill Creek Hawks Inline Hockey
Coach: Todd Galucki
Position: #8 - Defense
Upcoming Game: Sat1/14/201 Mill Creek vs Brookwood
Stats: GP – 6 / G – 3 / A – 1 / PTS – 4 / PIM – 2 / PP – 1 / SH – 0 / GWG – 0 / PPGA – 0.67
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