In Appreciation: Gary Del Vecchio
I've been very sad for the last few days. One of the very best people in inline hockey has moved on. I don't know all of the details, even though I've asked for them. (I know that his replacement is a class act as well.)
Recently, Gary Del Vecchio moved on from his position as director of USA Hockey InLine.
I've known Gary for many years. I think I first met him when he was working for the National Inline Hockey Association in the early 1990s. Most of the people he worked with at that time have long since moved on to other endeavors, but Gary continued to give everything that he had to help grow inline hockey.
I'm not privy to all of the details of USA Hockey and its organization -- they keep things very close to the vest. I remember being astounded years ago when I interviewed one of Gary's predecessors and learned that his comments had to be vetted by some public relations person 20 years his junior in age and experience. To me, that's a complete joke, but I'm very transparent and I wear my heart on my sleeve... often to my detriment. However, it's hard for me not to believe that USA Hockey and USA Hockey InLine might have been much more successful in this past decade or so if they'd been more honest and more real.
Gary, I want to thank you here for all that you have done for the great sport of inline hockey. Wherever you end up, I know that you will be successful, because you are smart, passionate and completely honest. You are someone whom I admire greatly.
Good luck to you in everything you do. Thank you for all that you did for inline hockey, and thank you for being my friend.
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