Gillette Wild Head Coach Talks About the Importance of Education

(Gilette, Wyo.) Brendon Hodge might be from around Boston, but he assures you he's not a Patriots fan. The head coach for Gillette's junior hockey team, the Wild, spoke with the Rotary Energy Club this afternoon about his first season with the organization. Hodge was a professional player for ten years, ending up with the Rapid City Rush for two seasons. With players from as far away as St. Petersburg Russia, to locals from Gillette, Hodge says the number one thing he stresses to all his players is how valuable a good education is. "Growing up my whole life was hockey," he told the group. But after his retirement from the sport, he found himself working for a roofing company and wondering if things would have been different if he'd focused on school more. "I don't mind working hard, but if I'd had that piece of paper, maybe life would've been a little easier for me." He makes sure all his players are focused on college after life with the Wild. They may roll their eyes at him, but it's the biggest thing he wants to impart upon the guys he coaches. Even though the Wild are 16-16 for the season so far, they are only 8 points out of a playoff spot, and the coach is optimistic about the team's chances for playoffs. With only eight more games on their schedule, the Wild play Friday and Saturday night at home at Spirit Hall Ice Arena at 7 pm. #county17 #news -- *Brenda Kirk* Community Maven for | 614.940.7121 Twitter | Instagram | Facebook PitchEngine™ | *Connecting Communities* | Twitter | Facebook