June 2009  
 
JIM NOVAK

Number: # 19
Position: Wing
Born: 1964
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 150
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Joined Quakes: Sept 2001


Q: How'd ya get into hockey anyway?
A: I was always a huge Red Wings fan, and loved watching hockey but never learned to skate. A few friends asked me to join them one time for pick-up hockey. I was SO bad, and totally embarrassed. At one point, I heard a player on the other team tell his teammates to not pay any attention to me, as there was no way that I could possibly do anything. I decided then and there that I would learn to skate and play hockey. I joined a league for adult beginners two weeks later, and by the next year was playing in regular adult leagues.

Q: Tell me about your experience with the Quakes.
A: I moved to San Francisco in September 2001, knowing no one in the City. I saw an advertisement at Worn Out West for the Earthquakes Gay Hockey Team. I called the captain, John St. Arno, and he invited me to a practice that the team was having that weekend. There was a spot open on the team, and I played in my first game the next week. Joining the team was a great way to meet other gay men and women that I shared an interest with. Everyone on the team was great and made me feel welcome.

Q: Favorite thing about playing with the Quakes?
A: Hockey is such a great sport to play. I love the workout, and the competition. But mostly, I enjoy the people on the team.

Q: What’s the worst thing about playing on the Quakes?
A: The 11pm games! Fortunately we don’t have too many of them, but Friday mornings after an 11pm game is terrible!

Q: So, why #19?
A: I was given that number by John St. Arno. He is also originally from Detroit, and a fellow Red Wings fan. He figured that I’d appreciate having Steve Yzerman’s number.

Q: Anything else you would like to share with us today?
A: The new website looks great! Kudos to Dan and whomever else worked on it!

 

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