Folks Line Up For Latest Sports Craze
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.