Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - April 2017
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Name:  Peyton Krebs

Age:  18

Sport:  Hockey

Level:   WHL

If you want to talk about making lemonade out of lemons, talk to Dakota Krebs. 
Dakota, now 18, has had his share of setbacks and disappointments over the course of his young hockey career, but he has taken each one in stride and used it as motivation to move forward.
“My hockey career took its first big step when I made the top AAA team as a first year bantam,” Dakota says. “Sadly, our team only won one regular season game all year, but on the bright side, we had lots of returning players which made for a great second year of bantam.”
Dakota was about 14 during this time, and as excited as any of his teammates about the prospect of being named in the upcoming WHL draft. Unfortunately, it was not to be for Dakota.
“My name didn’t get called for the WHL draft. At the time I was very upset, but little did I know this disappointment was going to be the spark I needed to elevate my game.”
The following season, while playing for the Minor Midget AAA Rocky View Raiders, Dakota was listed by the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. Shocked but excited, Dakota went into the opportunity with confidence.
Then, his next setback hit in the form of a major injury mid-way through the season.
“My wrist was stepped on during a game, severing two tendons and a nerve which put me in the stands for months,” Dakota says. Ever one to see the silver lining, he adds: “This experience taught me about my love for the game and the importance of using every opportunity given to you, because you never know when it could end.”
It was at this time that Dakota met Athlete Factory Head of Strength and Conditioning Robin Bauer.
Dakota admits that before coming to The Athlete Factory, his training was very hockey-specific and did very little to improve his overall athleticism.
“The Athlete Factory focused on my development as an individual athlete and created a program that catapulted me to a level I didn't know I was capable of,” he says. “My summer of training with Robin and the crew pushed me as an athlete, and helped mold me into a WHL-caliber hockey player.”
The same internal drive that made Dakota work hard in the gym made him determined to turn heads at the Try-City Americans camp at the end of that summer.
“I was an unsigned player heading into my first year of WHL eligibility, and I went into camp looking to get signed and seize every opportunity I was presented with.”
At the age of 16, after proving himself during pre-season and exhibition games, Dakota’s hard work paid off, and he earned his place on the Tri-City Americans.
“That was one of the highlights of my career so far,” Dakota says.
Now coming off his second season in the WHL, Dakota says he has learned how important work ethic and the right attitude are for success.
“My Dad has always told my siblings and I that there are two things you can control in life; your work ethic and attitude,” he says. “Through the ups and downs of my hockey career, these two things have become the foundation of my identity as a person and a hockey player.”
Looking forward, Dakota has big goals for the next year.
“I’d like to get drafted to the NHL,” Dakota says. If that does not happen, he hopes for the opportunity to show his skills at an NHL camp.
In the meantime, he will be working hard to elevate his play on his WHL team.
“I am striving to be a top defenseman on my team,” he says. “I would like to be the guy our team looks to shut down other teams’ top lines. That’s something I take pride in.”
Whatever happens, we know Dakota will make the most of it. 

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