Most 16-year-olds are excited to earn their driver's license, or make the varsity roster on their high school team.
For Todd Scott of the Coulee Region Chill, it's a different type of thrill - he's the team's starting goalie.
It came together due to a series of fortunate circumstances, but the rookie is making an early impact for the Chill.
"I was fortunate enough where coach (Ryan Egan) ended up reaching out to coach (David Wilkie), which was my coach in Omaha," said Scott, who began the 2016-17 season in Omaha playing U16 hockey. "Came down here, tried out for the week and I was lucky enough to get to play with these guys then."
Egan, in his first season as head coach of the Chill, started the U16 program in Omaha after he finished college. He remains friends with Wilkie, and decided to give Scott a tryout during the week last month.
"At his age, I think it's rare to find a talent of his that can come in and be a starter," Egan said. "You might find one that can backup and play limited minutes. When you find a player that has the ability and the mental toughness to play the minutes he's going to play for us, I think is extremely rare."
Scott made his first start on October 28 against Fairbanks, a 5-1 Chill victory, and went on to win his first three starts. He is currently 4-2, with a goals against average of 3.27 and a 0.913 save percentage, which ranks 30th in the NAHL.
He earned Midwest Division Star of the Week honorable mention on Monday after making 36 saves in a win over Janesville on Saturday.
Scott said the transition has gone well, and the opponents he's faced this season are the best he's seen. He admitted there have been some growing pains, but has kept a short-term memory.
"It's always fun, you're always being challenged to the best of your ability," Scott said. "So it's always fun."
The Chill host the Minnesota Magicians on Friday at Green Island Ice Arena.