by LINDA FRABL | photos by Alan Smith Photography

Hockey Enthusiast

student_ritchie2As a sophomore at Westview, Christopher Ritchie enjoys many facets of his high school, but he admitted his favorite is that “It is one of the few schools in the county that has a roller hockey team.” A huge fan of the sport, Christopher has been on roller hockey teams ever since he played for Mesa Verde Middle School, and his school teams have won many championships.

Christopher has been obsessed with hockey ever since the age of three. He began by playing ice hockey, but after his mom took him rollerblading at Miramar Lake and at the local beach boardwalks, Christopher soon realized his true passion is roller hockey. He is still involved in ice hockey, however, as a referee for the past two years.

Discussing his refereeing responsibilities, Christopher revealed, “I ref about three to six games each weekend at all the rinks in San Diego for the youth hockey ice teams. I get to mentor, as well as make sure the players, coaches, and parents are all behaving. The best part is that I get paid! I can buy my own clothes, pay for paintball and other activities that I want to do, and I even invest my money.”

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Name: Christopher Daniel Ritchie (15)
School: Westview High School
Grade: 10
Parents: Linda and Patrick Ritchie
Favorite Places in 92129: Fresco, Peet’s Coffee, Cotijas, Massage Heights


student_ritchie4When he isn’t refereeing or playing roller hockey, Christopher is working towards his Eagle Scout rank with his Boy Scout Troop 662 and doing fun scouting activities. Christopher exclaimed, “I especially like when we get to shoot guns and do archery. At one of my Boy Scout summer camps, a lot of activities were cancelled so I spent my days helping out the range master, teaching the younger scouts about gun safety and how to shoot.”

Scouting has helped instill in Christopher a love of volunteering. He has been active in I Love A Clean San Diego and Relay for Life, and he volunteers with numerous Eagle Scout community service projects. As for inspirational influences, Christopher said, “My roller hockey coach, Coach Ron, is caring and concerned, and he handles all issues with ease. He wants us all to be the best that we can be.” Christopher has already proven he is well on his way to becoming the best that he can be.