Storm Hockey Assn. 2000-2005
"Bear's" Look Back At
In the spring
of 2000, I received a press release at work to forward on to
the Metroplex newspapers concerning a joint venture between
the Dallas Junior Stars and the Dallas Junior Hockey
Association. It was a creation of the Dallas Storm;
the idea being that this AA hockey organization would
attract and develop the best of the Dallas/Fort Worth area's
hockey talent. And attract the best players, it
In the first
couple years, DJHA provided
strong leadership and assistance to the new organization
including Bill Lyday, Charlie Appler, Bruce Marrett, and Rick Turner.
The dedication of these people and others established,
within a very short time, a reputation for the Dallas Storm
for competitiveness as well as integrity among the hockey
community not only here in Texas, but within the US and
Canada, as well.
difficult season of 2003-2004, the Storm having become
'independent' with the loss of direct affiliation with it's
founding associations, it certainly was welcome that DJHA
stepped forward to ensure the continuation of this noble,
but broken, hockey franchise. Bill Nutt, Scott
McDowell, and Dan Shakesby took up the thankless task of
rebuilding the association almost from scratch in order to
provide to some of the top notch players in our area the
experience of competitive AAA hockey.
forward to the 2005-2006 season, it has been decided that
the Dallas Storm hockey operations, including a new Major
Midget AAA team, would be fully integrated into DJHA.
Thus all teams up to and including AAA level will be playing
under the DJHA banner.
2004-2005 season winds down, I would like to take a moment
and give heartfelt thanks to all who have made the last five
years the absolute best for me.
ASSOCIATION. I am very grateful for the opportunity to
have been with the Dallas Storm since day one. The
Storm provided me with the necessary resources to be able to
carry out my duties and pretty much gave me a free hand to
develop that unique 'job description' of mine.
Although there was really no 'official' title, the job
included filling water bottles, making Gatorade (when I had
it), bringing snacks AND the ubiquitous bubblegum, fixing
equipment, taping sticks, bandaging up injuries, listening to problems,
giving advice, and just being there when needed. Even during the worst of times, it was still good to be
doing something positive for the kids.
PARENTS. I am especially thankful to all the Dallas
Storm parents who have shown nothing but kindness to me over
the years; especially when I was in the hospital a couple
years ago with my big surgery. A special thank you has
to go out to Mary Bethune who sent over, via Jean-Philippe, a small but very
well timed 'care package' of cookies and some other staple
items during a time it was not easy for
me to take care of myself while recuperating.
COACHES. I wish to thank all of the Dallas Storm
coaching staff especially those with whom I served the most
and the closest; past coaches Bruce Marrett, Greg Gerhard,
Boots Williams, David Horn, and current coach Rick
Desjardins. I am truly honored to have been a full
partner in all team activities. They never looked down
upon me as 'just a water boy'. I felt that the respect was strong
PLAYERS. I would like to thank the players that I have
had the privilege of working with and getting to know over
the years. From the very first season, I had been
made to feel like I was truly a part of the team. The
boys accepted me as mentor, 'big brother', friend, and on
occasion, confidant. There have been quite a few players who have gone on to
bigger and better things from prep schools (like Shattuck)
to Junior Hockey (like the Texas Tornado). I would
like to think that, somehow, I made a difference and as our
boys get older, they will think back on our shared
experience and they will help out the next generations of
FORWARD. It is said
that as one door closes, another one opens. Perhaps I
will have the opportunity to continue in my same capacity
next year but instead of a Storm logo on my jacket, it will
be a Penguin. I should like to think so!