Carlo Muraro has made a smooth transition to Canada, both on the ice and in the classroom.
The 17-year-old native of Italy enrolled in Ridley this fall with the hope of playing hockey as well as furthing his education.
So far, so good.
Muraro has performed well in goal for the Prep Boys Hockey Team and is also excelling in his studies.
“It’s great. I love it,” Muraro said. “The main reason I came here was because I would love to study at university in Canada or maybe the United States and I love to play hockey. Studying is the main reason. I want to put academics first and athletics second.
“Ridley is great. It’s the best of both.”
The transition to Canada has not been without its challenges.
It Italy, Muraro’s school day consisted of five straight classes beginning at 7:50 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. There were no extra-curricular activities.
“If you wanted to you could just study,” he said. “Here, the day is full. Everything is scheduled from when you wake up until you go to bed. You already know what you’re going to do. I already I know what I’m going to do Friday at five.
“It’s challenging but if you love doing it, it’s easier. It’s different, but I love doing it.”
Muraro had an idea of the change in lifestyle after his older sister enrolled at another CISAA school.
He corresponded with Ridley goalie coach Jason Barron, sent tape, and made a leap of faith.
“He’s not the biggest kid, but he’s skilled,” Barron said. “He’s been in some big games for us so far.”
Muraro’s love of hockey began at an early age. His hometown is home to a pro team as well as junior teams from U12 to U19. “I grew up in Asiago and if you talk about Italy and hockey, Asiago is one of the main places,” he said. “In Canada you say Toronto and everyone knows the Maple Leafs. It’s the same in Italy to say Asiago for hockey.”
“I still remember when I was 10 the Italian senior national team was practicing in Asiago. I went there and that was one of my dreams to play for my country. Seeing the jersey was a dream.”
“My dad bought me a jersey with my name on the back and I hoped that one day, not as a present, but I could earn it.”
Muraro did that recently when he suited up for Italy’s national team at a tournament which was a precursor for the World Championships in April. He previously played for Italy at the U15 level as well.
“Playing for your country is something unbelievable,” he smiled. “The results weren’t as we hoped. We lost all three, but we played better and better every game.
“It’s not the same level as Canada but I’m sure a lot of the players could play at this level and maybe also a higher level.”
Muraro said the final roster which will compete at the World Championships will be announced in the 2020.