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
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
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