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Heath Gordon has always had a passion for the game of hockey. Thanks to his parents, Heath was introduced to the game and to skating at a very young age.
“Once my parents put the skates on me, I never took them off.” Gordon said.
A Pembroke native, he started playing hockey for the town. Eventually, Heath played for Catholic Memorial and Cushing Academy, winning titles during his tenure on both teams.
Soon after high school, he moved onto the junior hockey circuit where he played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. In juniors, preparation for games and practice became a norm.
“Off-ice routines were important. There was continuous training,” Gordon said. “From in-season strength and conditioning to meditation, I prepared my body and mind. I had to go on a good diet and needed to rest more. Preparation really was 75% mental and 25% physical.”
After a successful season, 16 goals, 44 points and an Anderson Cup, Gordon entered 1997 NHL Entry Draft. With the 147th pick of the draft, the Chicago Blackhawks selected Gordon in the sixth round.
“Being in the same draft with players like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Roberto Luongo was pretty cool. That was one of my favorite moments,” Gordon said.
Soon after the draft, Gordon decided to attend Providence College where he played four seasons for the Friars.
Gordon transitioned from player to coach after college, taking leadership of teams in the USHL and NAHL, as well for Xaverian High. Regardless of the age group and league, he always has one goal in mind: the development of the athlete.
“Seeing a kid succeed, no matter what, is always my goal. If I can get at least one to climb the ladder of success I did my job,” Gordon said.
Gordon said joining FMC Ice Sports was an easy decision for him.
“Growing up in Massachusetts and being in rinks my entire life, I was extremely familiar with FMC. It has a great track record and I’m excited to bring new ideas and philosophies to families of FMC and to grow hockey programming.”
Gordon looks forward to helping families and kids get introduced to the sport and to skating in general.
“It’s all about providing families a great service, helping new skaters get on their feet and get comfortable, and then introducing them to hockey. Solid skating skills are very important to hockey, and starting there helps families and skaters feel less daunted by the process if they haven’t been involved in the sport before.”
Of course, to Gordon there’s nothing better than playing hockey and being a part of a team.
“Team sports are special. Teamwork becomes a large role in any child’s life. The camaraderie with teammates and growing those friendships is an invaluable experience. I have friends here in the states and all around the world because of the sport.”