Davies' Stibbe uses letter from former UND player as inspiration in quest to play college hockey
FARGO — Fargo Davies hockey standout Cade Stibbe has a list of goals on his door of his bedroom. When the forward was about 8 years old, one goal was to shoot 10,000 pucks in the offseason. It moved to 15,000 as he got older. Currently, it's broken up into different kind of shots. He also has how many hours he wants to spend in the weight room and on the ice.
The goal at the bottom is Division I hockey. And it's circled. That goal will remain circled at the bottom of his door despite the fact he committed to play hockey for Arizona State on Thursday.
"I haven't played a game yet, so it has to stay," Stibbe said.
Stibbe is the first in his family to play hockey. He said his dad saw his size and knew basketball wasn't for him.
"I wasn't the tallest guy in the world," the 5-foot-7, 150-pound Stibbe said. "He put me on skates when I was 2 on the pond in the backyard and I've been doing it ever since."
When Stibbe was 9 years old, he wrote a letter to former NHL and University of North Dakota forward Rocco Grimaldi. The 5-foot-6 Grimaldi is currently in the American Hockey League. Grimaldi wrote a letter back to Stibbe, telling him that he needs to have smarts, skills, speed and a shot because he's missing the fifth "S," which is size.
"The big thing with Cade is his work ethic and attitude," Davies hockey coach Scott Petersen said. "You see a lot of kids with talent, but Cade brings great work ethic along with his talent. He's always looking to get better, he always wants one more try to get something right. That work ethic is going to take him to the next level."
Before and after the hockey season Stibbe gets up at 6 a.m. to work out, goes to school, works on stickhandling, shooting, skating, does homework and does it all over again the next day. He skates twice a day in the summer, going to hockey at 8 a.m., lifting at 9:45 a.m. and hitting the ice for about 45 minutes at 11:15 a.m.
"We sensed he was going to be special from Day 1," Petersen said. "He came in, even as a freshman, and he wanted to get better. He pushed our seniors. You could tell from the beginning his work ethic and how he practiced at 100 percent on every drill. He's a little bit different from most kids."
Stibbe had 18 goals and 22 assists last season as a sophomore for Davies. ASU was the first place to give him an offer.
"I had gotten a few looks, but Arizona State was the first," Stibbe said. "I love their coaches, I love the campus down here. It seems like a really good fit. And I also love the academics."
Stibbe wants to study finance, so he could be a financial adviser like his dad. He hopes to work one day with the man who first put him on skates.
"I'd like to work with people and build relationships," Stibbe said. "I've always been interested in the stock market. I think it's a cool way to make money, and if I could do it with my dad that'd be cool."
But first things first. He has to complete that goal at the bottom of his bedroom door.
"It's always been my dream," Stibbe said. "It feels incredible. All the work I've put in is finally paying off. I've never had a feeling like it. I'm just going to continue to work. I'm not even close to where I want to be."