Minnesota Hockey Journal

March 2017

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Minnesota Hockey Journal // What characteristics were built from playing hockey that translate to life now as an adult and parent? Tom Saggisor // I think the biggest thing I learned from the game of hockey is that hard work will overcome talent and skill at any level. There's no replacement for a high- level compete attitude. I think if someone was to look at me and my career, they would never equate it with talent and skill. They would say that I, probably, was maybe one of the hard- est working players on the ice. Because I had to be to match the level of play that was needed to play at the levels that I did. MHJ // How is hockey still involved in your life with your two sons or otherwise? TS // I've been involved with the Stillwater youth program since we moved to that community back in 2001. We brought Phil Housley in to coach that team in the early 2000s and he just did a great job of creating a hockey development area. Matt Doman, who is there today, just took it to a whole new level of hockey development. What I did was, I supported them. I made sure that the things that we needed to do to develop hockey players were completed. It's a passion and I love it. MHJ // In working with Stillwater Area Hockey Association, what was the build- up like to Hockey Day Minnesota this year? TS // We had some key people that helped us get ready for Hockey Day Minnesota. The real MARCH.2017 // M I N N E S OTA H O C K E YJ O U R N A L . CO M 23 TOM SAGISSOR PRESIDENT, RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT—U.S Editor's Note: We're proud to unveil a new series for 2017. The Hockey Effect: How youth hockey has shaped the lives of business professionals and community leaders in Minnesota. It's not just a game—it's a way of life. Know someone who should be featured? Email jessi@touchpointmedia.com to submit nominations. HOW YOUTH HOCKEY SHAPES COMMUNITY LEADERS

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