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Mike Rabideau

Mike Rabideau, Head Instructor, Dedham

Mike grew up in Western Mass in a hockey-playing family. His father, who had played Division I hockey at Holy Cross, had Mike and his brothers skating not long after each had started to walk, so that the boys grew up playing together. Mike remembers that most days would start with the siblings waking up early to get a couple of shots in before school, and then "all day at school would be about anxiously waiting until we could come home again and play either street hockey in the spring, summer, and fall, or ice hockey on the backyard rink in the winter." Mike remembers that "hockey was the first thing that took me out of my own head and made me feel comfortable. Nothing felt better to me than going bar down, scoring a goal."

Mike played for several different teams growing up, including the Springfield Pics and Mass-Conn Braves, as well as his Longmeadow, MA high school team. He was a favorite, frequent invite to Canadian tournaments. Domestically, Mike's favorite tournament moment was contributing to Team Massachusetts' memorable win over Team California in the finals of Philadelphia's OneHockey tournament.

Although Mike made the choice to stop playing after high school, it was a decision he regreted, and it wasn't long before Mike was out skating again every day. Shortly thereafter, knowing that he had returned to the ice, a friend invited Mike out to his first European pro tour. There Mike trained every day, even if it meant waking up at 4 or 5AM for ice, and there he played some of the 3rd and 4th league teams in Sweden and Finland, getting used to the speed of professional hockey. Mike returned to the US to play in the Federal Hockey League until his body "finally had enough."

"I'm happy I'm able to still be a part of the game. I love what I do every day. I love giving back and helping kids reach their goals." -- Mike