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July 2018

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July 2018

Michael Niederer

Team: Liberty University Flames ACHA Division 2

Hometown: Mound, Minnesota

Position: Center

Birth Year: 1998

Height: 5'10"

Chosen Attribute: Integrity

Why is this important to you?

Integrity is important to me not only as an athlete but as a person in general. Being a man of integrity is to stay true to who you are and what you believe in, no matter the environment that surrounds you or the situation you’re in.

To me, integrity has played such a key role in my walk with Christ and in my career as a hockey player as well. In hockey, it means to discipline myself both on the ice and during training. In life, it means that I have to discipline myself in my pursuit of living a Christ-centered life while standing firm in my faith and standing up for what I believe in, no matter the circumstances.

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us? How has FCA Hockey impacted you?

I have been involved with FCA for about 4 years. During the fall of my sophomore year in high school, our school founded an FCA program that met every Thursday morning.

Being involved with FCA at a public school was important for me as it helped ground me in my faith in a secular environment, while helping me to establish a core group of Christian friends and athletes at school.

What is your favorite scripture verse? Why is this important to you?

Jeremiah 29:11

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

This verse is important to me as it is a constant reminder that God has a plan and that He is in control. I was diagnosed with Epilepsy when I was 15 and my uncle, who I was very close with, died when I was 17. During both of these trials, it was hard to truly believe that this was all part of God’s plan and that he could still be glorified through such tragic events. But this verse was a constant reminder to me that no matter how tough life gets, God is looking out for us and guiding us every step of the way.

How did you hear about FCA Hockey? 

I heard about FCA Hockey through one of my teammates at Liberty, Caleb Toone, who has been a great friend and brother in Christ as I transitioned from high school to college.

What else should we know about you (future goals in hockey, family members, what church do you go to, favorite stuff outside of hockey, etc.)

My goals for hockey are to continue to play at the highest level that I can. At Liberty University, I am studying Business Administration with a concentration in Communications with a double minor in Global Studies and Biblical Studies.

After I graduate, I would like to work for a non-profit organization that helps with underprivileged children. I have always liked working with kids and long-term would like to open up an orphanage for kids that are not fortunate enough to be raised in a family- and Christ-centered environment. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of Team World Vision, who helps provide children in southeastern Africa with clean, safe drinking water in such a dry, unsanitary environment. Working with them has been such an amazing, eye-opening experience and has helped me realize how truly blessed I am.

My home church is Westwood Community Church in Chanhassen, Minnesota. I have been attending this church for roughly 13 years and absolutely love it. As for my family, I have 2 amazing parents, a brother who is studying Commercial Aviation at the University of North Dakota, a twin sister who just finished studying at a bible school in southern Germany, and a beautiful puppy named Bella.

Outside of playing hockey, I have a variety of different hobbies. I love watching and following NHL teams and being a student of the game. I also love to hunt and fish. Over the years, I have hunted for grouse, pheasant, whitetail deer, and elk which is my favorite kind of hunting. Having the Blue Ridge Mountains right next to school has helped me rediscover my love for hiking, camping, and being outdoors with friends. I also love to listen to music and go to concerts, with some of my favorite music groups being Ben Rector, Thomas Rhett, and Need to Breathe.

While at home in the summer, I love to hang out with friends on the lake and go wake surfing, boating, and play around on the jet skis. Ultimately, my goal is to further the kingdom of God and use the gifts He has given me to glorify Him to the best of my ability while raising a family who loves Him and strives to live a Christ-centered life.

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