Season Played for Botany Swarm: Two (2008, 2009)
2008 season – 2008 – NZIHL Champion
“I joined the Botany Swarm in 2008 as an import player. I was living and working in Auckland at the time on a work visa and didn’t know anything about ice hockey in New Zealand. As a Canadian, I had been playing hockey all of my life, so felt that I would like to try and get back into the game after many years away from it. As a defenceman who hadn’t put on skates for a while, I was more than rusty, but I went to a training night for the Auckland Premier League and it was there that Andy Kaiser tapped me on the shoulder and told me to come out and skate with the Swarm. I didn’t know what it was all about, but when Andy tells you to show up, you show up! Once I got on the ice with the team, I knew it was where I wanted to be, the boys made me feel welcome, and the atmosphere at the games was amazing, with so many incredible fans in attendance.
That first season was one of the greatest of my hockey career, concluding with an exciting overtime win against the Red Devils in Christchurch to win our second NZIHL Championship! 2009 and my second season with the squad. Third game in and a big one against the Stampede, my season was cut dramatically short. I crashed into the boards, breaking my neck and forcing me into a sudden “retirement”. I swapped playing ice hockey games for personal recovery which also included being a frustrated spectator/fan and sometimes a very loud coach when I was allowed onto the bench!!
I shifted back to Canada for a short while, but my career saw me transferred to Sydney where I have been living since November 2011.
I play social men’s league these days, but have also put my hand up as the Vice President and Photographer of the Sydney Bears in the Australian Ice Hockey Leave for the past seven years. Being the reigning Goodall Cup Champions is exciting and a thrill for me…it just makes me want to be back out there playing in front of the fans.
It’s been so satisfying to give back to the game of hockey and to still be part of the sport that I truly love.”