A defining moment is defined as a point at which the essential nature of character of a person or group is reveled. Throughout my life I have had many small moment essential to my character and the person I am today. Although about 8 years ago I reveled the path my life will take with a simple decision that has defined the person I am today. It was my first year my parents signed me up for hockey as a player. I played about half of the season as a player. My team wasn't very good and I wasn't having fun because we would get blown out every game. Our team didn't have a permanent goalie and we would rotate every game. When it was my turn to play goalie I was excited. I played and didn't let any goals in. My coach asked to play the next game, and again I got a shutout. My turn was over for now and the rotation continued. But I didn't want if to be over because I had so much fun playing net for those couple of games. Near the end of the season I was itching for my turn to come again to play net. It finally came in the first game of the playoffs. Again, I got a shutout and my team won. I realized I loved to play goalie. After the game I made a decision that shaped my life for the next 8 years. I went up to the coach and asked him if I could play in net for every game the rest of the season. He reluctantly said yes and I played the final games of the season in net. By choosing to become a goalie I realized my love for hockey and I continued on playing to this day. Throughout the years I made many lifelong friends through hockey, and learned many life lessons that shaped the person I am today.