Rather than the trophies he’s won, Michael’s greatest memories—formed from decades spent playing and coaching hockey—are rooted in relationships with his teammates. An all-around athlete who played First Football, First Hockey and enjoyed spring baseball, he followed his passion for hockey to Canada’s east coast.
Michael began his career there with a season playing for the Charlottetown Eagles, where he was recognized as a Top League Defenseman. Then, he spent four years with the University of PEI Panthers; there he helped bring home two Atlantic University Athletics Association championships and was recognized as the team’s most dedicated player in 1988. After his playing career, Michael went on to coach minor hockey for over a decade, leading his teams to wins at several local and regional tournaments—and working to instill in his young players the powerful value of selfless teamwork.
“Success in sports for me, despite often being defined by winning or losing, was about building character, driving to be the best and ensuring our collective team came together for the greater good.”