Five Minutes With … A hockey player |

Five Minutes With … A hockey player

Timekeeper: Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Name: Lew Grant Age: 34Place of birth: Travis Air Force BaseOccupation: ice rink coordinatorWhen did you first play hockey? My first experience was pond hockey at Christmas with family and friends in Fort Collins, back when the lakes used to actually freeze over for most of the winter. How did you get into it? I got into playing recreational inline hockey and that actually led me to make the switch to ice hockey upon moving to Glenwood.What position do you like to play? Anywhere but the brave human targets in net, aka goalie.Have you ever had teeth knocked out? Not yet … as my mother would kill me.Have you ever gotten into a fight on the ice? No.What do you think of fighting in professional hockey? I think it is a nostalgic part of the game that is unnecessary in today’s game at any level. To my knowledge, no team has ever put points on the board as a direct result of fighting.Where do you play hockey? Almost exclusively at the city of Glenwood Springs ice rink, where they have the best hockey ice in the valley! I also make an occasional trip to the ice rink in Eagle in the early spring and fall.What leagues under way or starting soon? The adult rec hockey program is currently in full swing through early March. There will be a new learn-to-play-hockey program starting shortly, check http://www.glenwoodrec. com for updates.Do people really obey rules on contact? The official term is “incidental contact” because there is no way to avoid certain types of contact if you’re playing good no-check hockey. Those that cross the line with intentional contact get thrown in the penalty box or removed from the league as the rec league is designed to be fun for everyone at the appropriate skill levels.What’s the winning strategy if you had to sum it all up? Knowledge, effort and enjoying what you are doing.First job? Painting.Best vacation ever? A windsurfing trip in Australia.First thing you’d buy after winning the lottery? A house.What do you do in your spare time? What spare time?Greatest hockey-related accomplishment: Learning to drive the Zamboni.Best piece of advice you’ve ever received; or a cliché to live by? So it goes.As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An astronaut.Any tattoos? No.What’s the greatest invention of all time? The Zamboni Ice Resurfacer.Who’s the greatest historic figure of all time? David.Favorite hockey player: Noel Picard.Hockey team: The Colorado Rockies. (The team played hockey in Denver from 1976 to 1982 and then moved to New Jersey.)Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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