The color of hockey: Singh stood backstage to support the American team.


Brij Singh knows a thing or two about all forms of hockey.

He started playing field hockey as a child and was fascinated by roller and ice hockey in high school, and represented America internationally in his hockey cousin, floorball.

Currently residing in Los Altos, California, he is a former U.S. men’s hockey team operating manager representing his country. Singh is serving as the US team leader at the IIHF World Championships in Helsinki in 2022.

It was shown in the 2022 Beijing Olympics, the 2022 U.S. Junior National Team and the 2021 U-18 Men’s Team.

“Everything related to the team, from scheduling, hotel, meal prep, team service roles, goes through me at some level,” Singh said. “My primary responsibility is to ensure that the team has everything it needs, where it is needed, and then takes full control of everything so that it has the best chance of success.”

John Vanbiesbrouck, executive director of US hockey operations, said Singh is “invaluable” to the organization.

Vanbiesbrouck said, “He plays an important role in keeping our team running smoothly and he does a really good job of managing the many variables that come up with the events we have around the world.”

Singh began her journey into team management in the summer of 2017 at the NHL’s New York office as an intern in NHL’s Corporate Social Responsibility department.

“The world of hockey opened up in just three months at NHL headquarters,” he said. “I knew the NHL was a league at the time with 31 teams clearly competing for the Stanley Cup. I had the general idea that the league was doing something in the Hockey Is For Everyone campaign, the Hockey Fights Cancer, all these great things. “I think it really showed the power of the shield. Seeing what they did was really inspiring and it was also the power of the hockey world and the sports world.”

The following summer, Singh did an internship with the Nashville Predators in the amateur hockey department, where he learned more about the sport at the ground level.

“I was teaching some study programs on the ice, helping their hockey school and helping the kids club at Bridgestone Arena,” he said. “I’ve been involved in all kinds of summer programs at Bridgestone Arena, like the Professional Bull Riding Association or the CMA Fest. It’s been a very real experience.”

Singh’s NHL experience helped start her 2019 USA Hockey’s Brendan Burke internship. The internship is awarded annually to college graduates interested in pursuing a career in hockey operations.

It was established in memory of Brendan Burke, a former student assistant and openly gay player on the men’s hockey team at the University of Miami. His father, Brian Burke, is president of hockey operations at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Singh graduated from the University of Michigan in 2019.

“I sold the program for the first game at the USA Hockey Arena, was the mascot, and helped sell the tickets,” he said. “I was around all I could.”

Singh says he inherited a love for ice hockey from his father, who became a huge fan of the Chicago Black Hawks when he immigrated to Chicago from India as a child.

“I remember very clearly that whenever Black Hawks appeared on TV, my father would sit the whole family down and let us watch the game,” Singh said. “When I was young, when we were given newspapers [San Jose] The shark schedule came out and the first thing I did was go straight to my birthday in October, check if there was a home game that weekend, and go straight to my dad and say, ‘Well, it’s my birthday. Say ‘My birthday present’ and point to the calendar.

“And behold, on my birthday, I would always have two tickets to go to the shark game. So it was a great experience to have a dad who fell in love with the hockey world.”

But before Singh started ice hockey, his mother had in mind Paul Kariya of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, an ice check played by New Jersey Devils defender Scott Stevens in Game 6 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final. and enrolled him in field hockey.

Singh played field hockey as a teenager, hoping to bring the US men’s team back to the Olympics for the first time since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

“My goal at the time was to become an Olympic athlete. “The only way America could do that was to host the Olympics. In 2016, Chicago would have been the strongest. [U.S.] put. they didn’t reach rio [de Janeiro] And after a few weeks I thought, ‘It’s no use,’ and eventually I quit, at least in advanced field hockey. I still enjoy my entertainment and work as a referee and referee in Michigan.”

Singh said he started playing roller hockey in high school at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, where one of his coaches from Scandinavia brought a floorball stick.

“We’re attracted to this because it has some dents and you can kick the ball and scoop it up and do all these crazy tricks,” he said. “I went home and watched this video on YouTube for 4 hours and I was so hooked on it that I thought, ‘I’ll have to try this.'”

Singh has been linked with a group of Swedish and Finnish expats who work for local tech companies and regularly play floorball.

Playing with them inspired him to start playing floorball at Bellarmine Prep. Singh later joined the floorball team and was asked if he would be interested in playing for the US team being formed for the 2015 U19 World Floorball Championship.

“I said, ‘Of course, I will miss the senior ball going to Helsingborg, Sweden for this competition.” “We got 15th out of 16, but it was unique and it was a great opportunity to get involved in something different.”

Singh said he wasn’t sure where his hockey trip would take him next, but he looked forward to the future.

“Ultimately, I think what I really want to do is help the game grow,” he said. “Just like it gave me a great opportunity to grow as a human being.”

Picture: American Hockey, American Floorball, Adam Troy, Samii Stoloff, Brij Singh

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