"I tell the guys every day, every time you are going to play, you are going to get their best game," Doherty boys hockey coach Will English said. "They know who you are, they want to beat you and the X is on your back."
Meet the undefeated Doherty (15-0-1) high school hockey team.
"So you are faced with it and you are going to have to be the hardest working team and that is where that identity comes from," English said.
The Spartans are off to their best start in recent memory, thanks to star sophomore forward: Chase Chapman.
"Chase is a top notch player," English said. "He brings a high level IQ, work ethic. he gets the game."
"I just like that it is a sport that not many people play, its just a rush," Chapman said.
Through 16 games, Chapman has 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 total points. However, for the 15 year old, it's just another day on the ice.
"It starts in practice and we practice like we are playing a game," Chapman said. "We stick to our identity in our games; that we are the hardest working team on the ice," Chapman said.
A mentality that Chase and the rest of the Doherty hockey team plans to keep for the rest of the season.
"The recipe for success is just going out and playing your game," English said. "You could not ask for a better kid that has the skills, the work ethic, and the IQ. It is just awesome."