Phil Boje started with MAP/FHIT back when the North Campus was just taking off. Phil a Shoreview native graduated from Moundsview High School in 2012. The smooth skating and puck moving defenseman amassed 52 points in 3 years for the Mustangs and was part of the Minnesota Elite League his Senior year. Following that he played two years in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, where he obtained a scholarship to the prestigious Air Force Academy. He had an impressive four years with the blue and silver, scoring 71 points in 145 games. His Senior season he was also named a Captain for the Falcons. Phil graduated this last year and now is serving in Texas and attending pilot training. Phil is a stand-up guy and we are positive that he’s going to do great things in life after hockey.
When did you start playing hockey?
I started playing hockey around age 5.
When did you start with MAP? What was your favorite thing about being a Member?
I started with MAP back when it was called FHIT in I think 2010. I loved the competitive atmosphere and the ability to play hockey and train all year round. It was also great to work with so many knowledgeable coaches and trainers who helped me develop my game.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a young upcoming hockey player?
There is a lot I have learned over the years. But I would say some of the most important things are to keep a positive attitude and be willing to work hard every day. Be coachable, be humble, and make people notice you by the way you carry yourself on and off the ice.
Now that you are done playing, what are you doing now?
I am currently a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force and attending pilot training.
What do you like most about your job?
I like that I am challenged every day and I get to work with awesome people.
How has hockey and/or MAP prepared you for life after hockey?
Hockey has prepared me for life in so many ways. Over the years I learned incredible lessons on teamwork, dedication, humility, and so many other things. Not to mention I have made lifelong friends and have gotten to travel all over the country and world because of hockey. It has also instilled in me a hard work ethic and a passion for staying physically fit, which carries over well into life after hockey.