This post has nothing to do with hockey, it does have everything to do with what is important in life. For those of you that know me, know that my real job away from the rink is that of a fireman. I have been a firefighter with HFD for 16 years and for 14 of those years I have had the honor to know Cliff. On June 16, 2016 Fire Fighter III Clifford M. Rigsbee died on duty during a training exercise, The loss of Cliff during a training exercise is a stark reminder that our job as fire fighters is anything but routine, it is anything but ordinary, and life is anything and everything but predictable. Make sure when you wake up each and every day and when you walk out the door that you tell the ones that mean the most to you how much you love them,.for you truly do not know what the day has in store for you. Life is fragile, live it to the fullest each and every day, harbor no regrets.
You will be missed Brother.
If you can, stop by Cliffs gofund me page, they are trying to start a athletic endeavor or scholarship in memory of Cliff.
Firehouse 23 and Firehouse 34 personal. (Video Credit: Shane Saito E7/3)
On May 16, 2016 HOHI put on their first Zebra Cup game. Please click the link below to read the full story. Also make sure you check out our media page for pictures from the game. Game video coming soon.
Zebra Cup Hockey game Story....click for story.
Today marked the 12th Saturday that we have held a Hockey 101, basic hockey and fundamentals session. Today's class was by far the biggest and best we have held yet. The growing interest of boys and girls in Hawaii to learn how to skate and play hockey has really taken on new levels. Every class there has been someone new (there has also been youth that are experienced but want to learn how to skate better) on the ice to experience the thrill and excitement of playing hockey. It has not ceased to amaze me with the efforts of the youngsters and even a few adults with their willingness to put forth a solid effort.
With the popularity of the class growing, we are going to expand it to 3 days a week, and get them up to speed so they may move up and go join the youth hockey program.
I could not have asked for a better response to the program. My hat is off to all who attend and give it a solid effort each and every time they step on the ice.
Today we completed the last of the officials training for the year. The turnout was impressive, with more officials then I have ever seen at the Ice Palace, from returning officials, officials that have referee'd before and quite a few who have never worn the stripes. Over half have all their requirements done. I can't thank everyone enough for trying so hard, putting in so much effort and dedication. It will only get better each game, and each year. Props to everyone who showed up today, thanks to the players for coming down and helping the officials out. See you all on the ice.
The growth of HOHI this year has taken me by complete surprise. Last year, HOHI held its first ever USA Hockey officiating seminar, a Level 1. We had roughly 9 people attend, out of the 9 only 5 finished all their requirements and received their USAH crest and card. This year HOHI held a Level 1 & 2 seminar, and in attendance was BJ Ringrose from USAH to help out. HOHI had 21 people register and attend the two day event, we also had 5 officials take their Level 2 closed book exam and all passed. HOHI is proud to boast the first ever USAH Level 2 female official in the State of Hawaii. HOHI is on track this year to have 21 USAH certified ice hockey officials. This is quite an accomplishment from having really no "true and dedicated" officials in any of the hockey games played in Hawaii for the past 15 plus years.
This year has been such a success that HOHI has commitments from all its Level 2 and 3 officials to keep moving forward, with plans to have the first ever USA Hockey Level 4 seminar in Hawaii.