Memories on Ice

“My recruiting key: I looked for people first, athletes second. I learned early on that you do not put greatness into people, but somehow try to pull it out,” said Herb Brooks, who coached Team U.S.A. to gold in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Here, the people (and athletes) of Quest, as they remember the greatness of their experience with hockey:

Mike Doherty, Analyst at Barclays Investment Bank

> Where did you play? I was a center for Phillips Exeter Academy and a wing for Colby College. > What do you consider the best game of your career? Scoring 8 points in two periods versus the Holderness School, which is known for their program. My coach, Dana Barbin, made me change into street clothes after the second period. The worst was when we lost 12-3 at Norwich University.  I was at least -5 in the game. They had an awesome goal song, though. > What are your fondest memories? Rivalry games, like Exeter/Andover and Colby/Bowdoin. Also, hockey hair. > What is your relationship with the sport, today? I learned to never blame myself when I’m not scoring. I just blame the stick and, if it keeps up, I change sticks. I play at Chelsea Piers once a week, and  my son will play in the NHL in, like, 25 years.

Grant Hewit, Founder of Hudson Sutler and Streaker Sports

> Where did you play? I grew up playing outdoor hockey in Summit, New Jersey, at the Beacon Hill Club, but I didn’t realize how special it was playing on an outdoor rink until later.  I was a goalie up until high school, when I retired my pads. > What do you consider the best game of your career? It was in 1998, when I was in eighth grade. The school I attended had finally added a middle-school team. We were playing a rival school and I don’t know where my glove hand came from that game, because most times I was a wet paper towel on my glove side! Glory days. > What are your fondest memories? Playing “pond” hockey with my brothers on a semi-frozen football field that got filled in the winter back in Chatham, New Jersey. > What is your relationship with the sport, today? I’m an entrepreneur and I look back at my involvement in hockey and other team sports and know they prepared me for this role. Sacrifice, leadership, working with a team—all these lessons are from sports. I’m a member of the board of Restore Sports, where we’re working to put as many kids into the sport of hockey as we can by providing no-cost or low-cost equipment.

Timothy Meigher, Senior V.P. at Morgan Stanley

> What’s your experience with the sport? I learned to skate at the age of five or six with my family at the bottom of a steep ravine next to our house. Later, I had the good fortune to be in Lake Placid in 1980 during the Olympics, when I was handed a ticket to the U.S.A. versus Russia game. I saw a group of wet-behind-the-ears college kids beat a group of grizzly, Russian army players—the best-skilled players in the world—with pure heart and passion. Do I believe in miracles? Yes, I do! That fueled my passion for the sport and I returned to Lake Placid in 1984 and 1988 for what has come to be known as the Frozen Four. 2014 marked my 20th Frozen Four. Hockey passion gets passed down like an heirloom! Our 11-year-old son, Connor, plays hockey at a high level. He attended a one-day hockey camp in Manhattan in late August hosted by New York Ranger goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, a.k.a. The King, and Connor had several exchanges with him on the ice about hockey and their mutual love of the sport. Lundqvist has a Foundation that emphasizes the importance of developing a habit at a young age of performing community service. On the ride back to Albany, my wife and I challenged Connor to think of a community service project he could create and execute with our help. Connor chose to raise money to help homeless families as they get back on their feet. The response has been heartwarming and a valuable lesson for a young boy about the importance of sharing one’s wealth and good fortune. It’s amazing how one encounter on a sheet of ice with a great athlete—and equally great citizen—morphed into something so rewarding. > What’s your history with the sport? My mom’s uncle, Reed Kilpatrick, was an owner of Madison Square Garden and served as the General Manager of the New York Rangers when they won two Stanley Cups in 1933 and 1940. Needless to say, hockey is in our DNA—it’s a family thing!

Andrew Edge, Associate M.D. at Sterling National Bank

> Where did you play? I was a goalie for Phillips Exeter Academy and Wesleyan University, and I grew up playing hockey in Westchester and Fairfield counties. The best player I played against was the guy down in the other crease at Andover when I was at Exeter: Cory Schneider (who is now in the show with the New Jersey Devils). It’s always cool to know you had some of your best battles against a future pro. > What do you consider the best game of your career? The most memorable was Exeter/Andover day my junior year. It was the opening game for their new rink and it was tied 0-0 after two periods, when the Zamboni driver crashed into part of the boards and destroyed the door. Everyone marched to the old rink, which featured a chain-link fence. We ended up winning 1-0, 11 seconds into overtime. The place went into an absolute frenzy. > What are your fondest memories? The camaraderie and times in the locker room, pre- and post-game. I’ve seen the toughest guys I’ve ever played with cry in the locker room and never bat an eye anywhere else.
> What is your relationship with the sport, today? I learned that the quicker you move up in level, the better the competition and the shorter your time at the top. It’s very humbling. For the last six years, I’ve coached squirt and pee-wee teams in Greenwich, Connecticut. It’s an awesome experience to be on the other side of the game as a teacher and mentor.

Christopher Latos, Associate at J.P. Morgan

> Where did you play? I was a center for the St. Bernard’s Hockey Club and a right wing for the Avalanche in Hackensack, New Jersey. I remember playing with Bill Keenan and Steven Sherrill. > What do you consider the best game of your career? The Giuliani Cup in 1998. The team had really gelled by that point. > What are your fondest memories? Some of the outdoor games at Beaver Dam Winter Sports Club and Essex Hunt Club were quite memorable. Those games just have a different feel to them as you battle through the neutral zone with the wind in your face. Additional resistance is always welcome. > What is your relationship with the sport, today? I learned that hockey boils down to adapting to the situation as it unfolds quickly in front of you. Instincts and style of play will clash at times, but eventually they overlap. I have continued to play in Long Island City and at Lasker Rink in Central Park. I am very excited for Mark Messier’s project in Kingsbridge, which will provide nine rinks for the city.

Joanna Scholtz, Executive Assistant at Hound Partners

> Where did you play? My parents first put me in figure skating lessons when I was really little. After one week of that nonsense, I told them I wanted a stick and “real” skates. I played for my club and travel teams in Darien, Connecticut, and on the same teams as Olympians A.J. Mleczko and Julie Chu. > What do you consider the best game of your career? I was playing for the boys varsity team in ninth grade and we were at a tournament in Upland, Pennsylvania. A lot of smack was talked through the vents in the locker room, about how they were “out to get the ponytail.” I remember railing an opposing player into the boards with the most epic check and getting the puck for an assist. Shut them up, real quick. > What are your fondest memories? Finally lifting the puck, nailing a deke to go five-hole, and practicing a play—all of this while bonding with my teammates. I miss that. > What is your relationship with the sport, today?  I’m probably one of the bigger advocates of the sport. I’ll tell anyone I know who has kids to send them on the ice. I continue to root for the New York Rangers and watch the NHL.

Andrew Gale, Associate at Taconic Capital Advisors

> Where did you play? I was a defenseman for Phillips Exeter Academy. I remember playing against Nate Kempner, who went to Deerfield Academy. He sits next to met at work.
> What do you consider the best game of your career? The Tabor Academy game my junior year away, where I played extremely well and scored extremely well. U.S. Hockey Report said I was the best player on the ice by far, and their fans held up signs with inappropriate messages in front of my parents. > What are your fondest memories? Being in the locker room before games—dead silence with heads bowed—before skating onto the ice and getting hit with the cold rink air and hearing the crowd. Also, a big hit across the middle of the ice; a long pass to a breaking forward; and the feeling of a perfect slap shot.
> What is your relationship with the sport, today? Teamwork and working toward a common goal benefits you everywhere in life. A transition in the game can happen so fast, so you have to be prepared for anything. You can take that lesson and apply it to so many areas of your life.