The Equipment Office: SUNY Plattsburgh’s Alex Montalbano

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What’s your background as a player and equipment manager? What made you decide to be an equipment manager?

My background as a player is 16 years of youth hockey, mostly house league, but still 16 good years of playing hockey. I also coached for 3 years at the end of my playing career, so it was definitely nice to give back a little bit to the kids. As for my background as an equipment manager, working at Plattsburgh State is my first EQ job, but it’s definitely proven to be a great opportunity.

Plattsburgh State Locker Room

Plattsburgh State Locker Room

I got into equipment managing through a friend of mine, Eric Poelma, who was the previous equipment manager at Plattsburgh State. He was coming up to his senior year of college and needed an assistant he could train in order to take over for him when he graduated in May. So he just shot me a text asking me if I wanted to come up to Plattsburgh and work for the team, and the rest is history after that. Last season (12-13) was my first year doing it, just being an assistant, learning anything and everything I could about the job, and then this season (13-14) was my second year, but first year doing it on my own. It definitely provided some unique challenges but in the end it’s definitely been a rewarding experience, and I’m enjoying my time in the job so far.

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If The NHL Season Ended Today…

2014 Stanley Cup Predictions

Just like any hockey fan, when we at Pure Hockey realize that March is winding down and April is right around the corner, there is only one thing on our mind. Not college basketball and March Madness. Playoff hockey. Another thing hockey fans like? Being right. So, once we have a general idea of how the playoff picture is going to look, ideas start brewing of how it could all shake out. That brings us here. All teams have under a dozen games to go. Of course we could probably wait another week or two, but what’s the fun in that? So here it is. If the season ended today, how would a March Madness-style, one-loss elimination tournament go?

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Pure Hockey Stick Challenge Scoreboard

Pure Hockey Stick Challenge Scoreboard

We’ve reached 15 videos in our very popular Stick Challenge video series, so we figured it was time to compile a little update and show you what players have been picking. Participants have included players from the Southern New Hampshire University men’s hockey team, the Boston Jr. Bruins, Burlington (Mass.) High School seniors and a player out at the Let’s Play Hockey Expo in Minnesota.

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15 Things Every Beer League Player Wants

Beer League Hockey We’re all competitors and still want to win every game, but a little while ways down the road, after trading in the ‘competitive’ skates for their beer league counterparts, priorities begin to shift a bit.

1. The opponents’ average age to be the same or higher than your team’s.

Beer League Hockey Wants We worked all day, we don’t work out nearly as much and bluntly, we’re mostly out of game shape. We’re here for some time with the boys and aren’t looking to chase around a bunch of 20 year-olds home for summer break.

2. Wives and girlfriends to instinctively understand that no matter if game time is 7:00pm or 10:40pm, we’ll be at the rink until 1:00am.

Beer League Hockey WantsWe love you, we truly do, but yes this is in fact way more enjoyable than cuddling on the couch and watching the bachelor with you. Please don’t make us answer that question, because you wont like the response. Whether we won a nail-biter or lost by 20, there will be more beers waiting in the locker room than Oktoberfest and yes, we will be here until we finish them. CONTINUE READING ARTICLE