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14 // AUGUST 2017 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM ILLUSTRATION BY Darren Gygi COACH OF THE MONTH LARRY BRUYERE Age: 64 Newhall, Calif. When Larry Bruyere moved to California from upstate New York in 1974, he thought his time on the ice was over. Little did he know, his hockey career was just getting started. After wandering into a rink in Santa Monica nearly 40 years ago, Bruyere has dedicated himself to helping grow hockey in the Golden State. Over the course of time, he has coached Mites all the way up to the coaches themselves. In addition to working as the rink manager at Ice In Paradise in Santa Monica, Bruyere has held numerous positions in support of USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program, including a 10-year stint as the Pacific District's coach-in-chief. Bruyere's passion for skill development is rivaled by his organiza- tional skills as he has helped hockey take root in Southern California. "[Hockey is] in my blood," he says. "There are so many fun expe- riences. You get to see these kids in September, and then see how far they've come when February and March come around." R I N K RAT BEH I N D T HE G L A SS WHILE MY DAUGHTER is always looking to upgrade her hockey g ear, I 'm l o o k i n g f o r ways to swap and save. One play- er's gently-used shin and elbow p a d s a r e t h i s m o m 's t r e a s u r e . Good g ear, already broken in and super cheap? I'm all in. More hockey organizations are recognizing the dent hockey can put on the family budget and are offering an assist in the form of equipment swaps. Families can find great deals on gear for the upcoming season while getting rid of equipment their kids have already outgrown. Julie Bennett, a hockey mom in Fulton, N.Y., holds a sale on the same day as registration at the rink through her hockey organization. " We were able to help new parents with what their child w o u l d n e e d a n d m a k e s u r e the equipment fits correctly," Bennett says. "This was also a great way for new parents and players to meet other hockey parents. "Let's face it, it's nice to see a familiar face when you are new to a sport and may not know anyone." Bennett advises parents to bring their kids with them to take the guesswork out of properly fitting them. Inventory tracking and good old fashioned organi- zational skills have been the ke y s t o s u c c e s s f u l e q u i p - ment swaps for the Huskies Hockey Club in Romeoville, Ill., a southwest suburb of Chicag o. Organizer Nikki Ommen would time it for the end of summer and before the fall tryouts. " T h i s w a y p e o p l e a r e already in the building, so no special trips are needed for those who live farther away from the rink," she says. She also suggests starting gear collection early and in advance of the sale, so it can be put in an inventory, but not too far in advance to avoid storing it for a long period of time. Ommen's equipment sale is also tied into club fees. If you donated items to sell, 100 percent of the sold price goes directly to your hockey fees for the upcoming season. That makes fees more affordable and gets gently-used gear out of the house. Another tip from Ommen for organiza- tion's planning a gear swap is to spread the word. Go big on advertising and see your savings grow, too. P Syracuse, N.Y., hockey mom Christie Casciano Burns is the author of "The Puck Hog & Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid," now available on THE HOCKEY MOM By Christie Casciano Burns Second-Hand Saves; Organizing A Hockey Swap + Swap Tips SWAP BEFORE THE SEASON Host an equipment swap at the rink during registration. That way parents can sign up the kids and also buy gear in one trip. THE "SAVE ON FEES" OPTION Tie equipment sales to club fees. If you donate items to sell, 100 percent of the sale goes directly to your hockey fees for the upcoming season. IN THE BAG Have plastic bags handy so people can easly carry their items home. LEFTOVERS FOR CHARITY Contact your local NHL team for leads to find not-for-profit hockey organizations that always need help on who to contact in order to donate gear.

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