The TPH Thunder organization has continued to make an impact in the Southern region of the US developing an impressive list of players who have continued to climb into, juniors, and college ranks.
Players such as Austin Bealieau, Will McAvoy, Nathan Krusko, and Teddy Rotenberger all started out in the Thunder AAA program and have continued to impress all the way to the junior hockey ranks.. Noah Henry is a candidate to be considered for upward mobility based on his continued improvement.
Noah is currently a center for the Thunder Bantam Major team. This will be his fourth year as a Thunder player. Prior to that Noah could be found attending the various hockey camps and performing on House Teams where he demonstrated his ability to play at the AAA level.
Examiner’s Atlanta Youth Hockey spoke with Noah and his dad, Brian Henry about his hockey experience so far.
AYH: When did Noah first get exposed to hockey?
BH: When Noah was three, he watched Charlie and the rest of the Mighty Ducks for the first time. His parents believe that he was most attracted to the good-natured team camaraderie in the movie. It looked like a lot of fun to be part of a team. He was taking skating lessons at The Cooler a few months after seeing the movie. That movie set him on the path.
AYH. When did you first become aware that he had fallen in love with the sport?
BH: His first skating instructor at The Cooler said she knew he was going to be a hockey player when he said that he kept laying on the ice because he loved the smell of it. His love of taking skating lessons from Ray Hemms starting when he was four also gave us a clue.
AYH: What is his favorite position?
BH: Center. He loves quarterbacking plays.
AYH: What was his most memorable game?
BH: His most memorable game was when he was on the Atlanta Fire Squirt Minor team in the Orlando Labor Day Tournament, and the team was in the championship game. The game went into 3 on 3 overtime. Cal Mell shot the puck at the goalie, the puck bounced off the goalie’s chest, and then Noah slammed the puck into the net from mid-air to win the game. There was quite a celebration.
AYH: Who was his favorite coach and why?
BH: Thunder’s Chris Fairbanks. Chris coached Noah during his first three years in Thunder. Noah says that Chris always pushed him to the next level. Every time Noah stepped on the ice, Chris strongly encouraged him to push his boundaries. Noah gained a lot of confidence in himself because of the confidence Chris showed in him.
AYH: Noah spent a summer overseas some years ago-Tell us about his adventures?
BH: When he was eight, he went to the Czech International Hockey Camp in Prague and met and played with kids from all over the world. It was, as intended, an eye- opening experience and confidence builder and taught him early in that he could go anywhere and play hockey with anyone.
AYH: Who are Noah’s favorite NHL players?
BH: His favorite NHL player is Jonathan Toews
AYH: What does he like about them that make them his favorite?
NH: Toews is a two-way player. He is good on the defensive side when needed and executes in the offensive zone. He is also an excellent leader on and off the ice.
AYH. What are Noah’s ambitions in sports and academics in the next 5 years?
BH: Noah’s goal is to attend the Air Force Academy, play center for the Fighting Falcons Division I hockey team, and be a member of the Academy’s aerobatic soaring team. He soloed in a glider for the first time this summer and is well on his way to earning both his glider and powered flight licenses in the next two years. Of course, none of this will happen without his making academics a priority.
AYH. What is Noah’s favorite home cooked meal?
NH: My favorite meal is my mother’s Teriyaki Chicken.
AYH: What is you favorite TV show?
NH: The Aviators and Top Gear
AYH. What was Noah’s proudest moment on the ice?
BH: He does not have a certain moment, but he is particularly proud when he is selected for game-ending shootouts. He knows that his hard work in practices has paid off and he thrives on the pressure of the moment.
AYH. What is his favorite SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?
BH: German language classes.
AYH. What is his feelings about being selected as an Alternate captain for the upcoming season?
BH: He is very excited about being selected. He plans on helping to lead the Thunder Bantam Major team to Nationals in Anchorage, Alaska next Spring.
AYH: What does he believe that job will entail?
NH: I believe that the role will require me to be a leader both on and off of the ice. He will have to be positive the entire game, even if the team is losing and having a tough day. He will have to assist the designated captain with anything that he needs.