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“t was fantasc,” es recollected. “t made
my dad super happy and super proud of us.”
es went on to play triple A and junior
hockey before deciding to work in his father’s
body shop at the age of 20. At 24, however, a snt
helping out at a hockey camp in Minnesota led
to his rst assistant coaching job in Finland. He
learned about management among other things
while coaching in that northern European country.
“t was a great eperience for me,” es said.
“t helped me with my organiaonal skills.”
n 2016, es followed his parents to the
Tampa ay area and played some hockey in adult
leagues. He inuired about youth hockey at the
learwater rink and aer meeng with Nicoll and
Lindemuth, along with rink owner Dr. Manuel
ose, es landed his current job.
“They told me you’re here to build it up,”
es said of the once- latent youth hockey program.
“oth bosses were etremely helpful. They
were there to help me along and let me grow into
Focusing so much aenon on his rink du-
es as well as the kids and families involved in
the youth hockey program is benecial to es in
other ways beside the typical enjoyment of being