Folks Line Up For Lat­est Sports Craze

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hockey, roller hockey and in­line hockey, and he lived in many places be­fore be­ing hired by Pen­te­cost. He took some time away from his du­ties last week to visit with MidWeek’s

and an­swer some ques­tions. (of the new build­ing).

What in­flu­enced you to makeHawaii a sec­ond home and take on this as­sign­ment here? This was an un­de­vel­oped place as far as tak­ing hockey to a new level. I moved here from Bend, Ore­gon, where I still have a home. The dream is to be able to build an­other one (in­line fa­cil­ity) in Bend.

If you’re sell­ing a kid on try­ing in­line hockey, what do you tell hi­mor her? No. 1: It’s fun and it is fast. In­line hockey in­volves as­pects of any other sport you can imag­ine. It teaches teamwork and in­di­vid­ual skill. You can do it at up to 30 miles per hour, and you can stop on a dime. And hav­ing a clean and safe place to play is im­por­tant. Hope­fully, par­ents see that, too.

What is one of the ways KIHA en­cour­ages kids to take up in­line hockey? We’re buy­ing brand-new gear — hel­mets, skates, gloves, goalie equip­ment — that they can bor­row to try it and see if they like it. We just want kids and adults to come out and try it.

How did you find your way to in­line hockey? Were you an ice hockey player first? I grew up play­ing on the ponds in Penn­syl­va­nia. I also had one of the first pairs of in­line skates. It took off from there.

What’s the best itemat the con­ces­sion stand? Spam musubi. Chili and rice is also huge here.

With one of the finest fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try, can we ex­pect a na­tional cham­pi­onship-level team to come out of the area some­day? The sport can’t be de­nied here. It’s go­ing to grow and pros­per. No one thought ice hockey teams from Cal­i­for­nia would be win­ning at the na­tional level, so why shouldn’t we think it can’t be big in Hawaii.

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