When beginning an overwhelming new undertaking it’s useful to have somebody in an influential position whose experienced everything previously.
For the American Hockey League group that will call the desert home beginning in 2022, that person is Troy Bodie.
Bodie, who had a nine-year NHL vocation playing with Anaheim, Toronto and Carolina prior to resigning in 2015, was named the desert AHL group’s overseer of hockey and business activities in May.
“I had a significant profession in the American Hockey League myself so I was truly OK with the association and I’m exceptionally energetic about the advancement side of the game,” said Brodie who was most as of late the head of exploring for the Toronto Maple Leafs. “What’s more, obviously this is a formative alliance and I thought it was an extraordinary fit.”
The 36-year-old from Manitoba isn’t misrepresenting about his AHL experience. During his vocation he played for an astounding eight diverse AHL groups: Hamilton Bulldogs, Springfield Falcons, Iowa Chops, San Antonio Rampage, Toronto Marlies, Syracuse Crunch, Norfolk Admirals, Portland Pirates, and afterward two additional stretches with the Marlies.
Furthermore, he’s been each extraordinary sort of “AHL player”: The youthful firearm attempting to make the NHL, the set up expert doing a recovery spell and the master in the nightfall of his profession.
“I checked every one of those containers,” Bodie said. “I was simply the youthful longshot and advanced to the nearly there type fellow. And afterward I got to the NHL and somewhat returned and played to a greater extent a mentorship job and attempted to get back up there and yet attempted to help different players and aiding their professions while as yet playing. I wore a variety of caps and various phases of my vocation and it was loads of fun.”
Bodie, who lives in Los Angeles and was available for the field notable in the desert on June 2, is up in Seattle right now as he and the remainder of the Kraken metal are working diligently for what will be a significant week for the new NHL establishment. The group has the development draft on Wednesday, and afterward the ordinary draft on Friday.
This is the place where it will construct its list with set up players, youthful players and future stars, some of whom will play here in the desert.
“The AHL is a genuine homestead framework for these NHL groups, and the work down there is to develop them to be NHL players,” Bodie said. “Simultaneously, however, it’s likewise an intriguing brand of hockey and the group will play for a title and that is the thing that desert hockey fans can anticipate.”
Bodie is hitched to Francesca Leiweke, the girl of Tim Leiweke who is the CEO of Oak View Group which is administering and financing both the field being underlying Palm Desert that will house the desert’s AHL group and the remodel of the Seattle Arena where the Kraken will play. His sibling Tod is the CEO of the Kraken.
The yet-anonymous desert field got things started on June 2 and the objective is for it to be prepared by the fall of 2022 to house the yet-anonymous desert group for the 2022-23 AHL season. To the extent uncovering the group name and logo, desert AHL group president Nick Forro, said that declaration probably will come in the pre-winter or late-fall.
For this impending season, the AHL major parts in the Kraken framework will play in Charlotte North Carolina, prior to moving over to their desert home the next year.
Bodie said beginning something without any preparation is an interesting test to him, and he realizes it will be invigorating for desert avid supporters.
“Obviously, there are a great deal of seasonal travelers and Canadians and individuals from the Pacific Northwest down there who like hockey, yet we’re extremely eager to carry hockey to the desert and embrace the nearby fan base,” Bodie said. “It will be something to join every one of the avid supporters in the Coachella Valley who are starving for a genius group kind of make up for that shortcoming. Something for all the desert networks to lift up.”
Troy Bodie record
Age/old neighborhood: The 36-year-old was brought into the world in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
Job: Director of hockey and business tasks for the desert’s AHL group
NHL profession: Bodie played from 2006-2015 including for the Ducks (2008-11), Hurricanes (2011) and Maple Leafs (2013-15). He was a 6-foot-4, 220-pound conservative. Altogether, he played in 159 NHL games scoring 10 objectives and adding 13 helps.