Like many of the current players on the Bourne boys’ hockey team, senior Karsten Becker is following in the ice skates of his relatives.
His father, Brian, graduated from Bourne High School in 1992 having never lost a Canal Cup meeting with Sandwich and played in the Boston Garden while claiming an Eastern Massachusetts championship in 1990 alongside current Canalmen head coach Frank Carpenito. His uncle, Ricky Becker, the younger brother of Brian, was a standout goalie for the Canalmen and ranks second in program history with 15 shutouts and holds two of the best goals against average in a single season in team history (1.71 GAA in 1991 and 1.52 GAA in 1993).
So when it was time for Karsten to take his turn wearing the purple and white sweater of the Canalmen, the forward reveled in the opportunity—even if he had a late start to his hockey career. Despite learning to skate on his grandparents’ frozen pond at the age of 3, Becker didn’t begin playing hockey competitively until the age of 11 when he began with the Cape Cod Canal Youth Hockey program.
By the age 14 he was playing for the U-18 Stony Cove Senators for the Mass Elite Hockey League in the summers, playing the center position.
“Growing up as a hockey player who started later than everyone, I had to skate faster, try harder, and practice more than everyone. That is why I have developed into the skater and player I am today,” he said.
The late start didn’t hinder Becker’s making the varsity team as a freshman and earning the team’s most improved player award in the 2016-17 season.
In the spring, Becker trades in his skates for spikes as he’s a utility specialist for the Canalmen baseball team. He can play either middle infield position as well as pitch and catch for second-year head coach Sean Donovan. It’s a sport he’s played nearly as long as hockey, beginning at the age of 4. He started with Bourne Youth Baseball and played for the town all-star team every summer before being invited to play for Mashpee All-Stars in the Cal Ripken Tournament in Maryland.
To unwind, Becker enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, riding his dirt bike, spending time with his family and playing the guitar. During the summer he works for Chris Marks & Sons Landscaping full time.
What do you love about hockey? What drew you to the sport, and what made you stick with it?
I love hockey because of how fast-paced and aggressive you can be. My dad drew me to hockey because he played for Bourne High when he went to school. Most of the kids I play with today, our dads were on the same team back in high school, including voach Carpenito. What made me stick to hockey now is being able to skate every day after school with my best friends and have fun doing it. I’ve played hockey with these kids all my life, including last year’s seniors. It’s awesome being able to skate every day with them and compete.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
Before games I like to listen to “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins, “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath and “Man In A Box” by Alice In Chains.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
I would be Rick Sanchez from the Adult Swim show “Rick and Morty,” because he’s the smartest and coolest guy there is.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
On my Mount Rushmore would be my dad, Brian Becker, my grandfather Dennis Becker, my late Uncle Ricky and my cousin Joe Girard III. All four of these people are role models to me, because I look up to each of them in a different way. These four are my family and they each have such an impact on my every single day.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
After graduation my plans are to join the military. I want to join the Army. Both of my grandfathers served in the Air Force and the Marines.
What is your favorite school subject?
My favorite school subject is guitar because it’s fun learning and creating songs to play for my friends and family.
What is your greatest high school moment, either athletically or academically?
My greatest high school moment came my sophomore year when the boys’ hockey team won the Canal Cup against Sandwich, 8-1.
Which three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I would want to have dinner with my family members who have passed away: my Uncle Ricky and my grandparents, Rosemarie and Edward Whalen. I would serve my mom’s homemade baked macaroni and cheese, with cherry cheesecake.
Which professional athlete do you most relate to?
I think I most relate to Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand. He is a hard-nosed player who is fast and makes plays happen. Marchand gets under his opponent’s skin, and teams tend to hate him, which means he is doing his job right because he’s always causing trouble for the other team.
You’re stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
In my backpack would be a beach chair to keep comfy and be able to sit back and relate. I’d also have the entire series of “The Office,” because I’ll never get bored. I’d also bring a hammock and machete.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank all my hockey boys; my mother and father, Janine and Brian Becker; my grandparents Carol and Dennis Becker; my younger siblings Molly and Ty; Coach Andrew Arki, Coach Frank Carpenito, Jimmy McKenna,and Athletic Director Scott Ashworth. Most of all, thanks to anyone who has ever doubted me and everyone else who has supported me along the way. This has pushed me to be better every day.