The Plover, WI native was among the first executives that first began the idea of forming Rut Hockey. Rut Hockey Based out of San Antonio, TX competes as a hockey team and plays in adult tournaments around North America to help grow the sport of hockey. Rut Hockey's goal is to promote both Youth and Adult Hockey in South Texas and North America. They are proud of the success of instruction that they give to youth and adult hockey players enabling them to maximize their abilities and obtain the most enjoyment possible from the position and sport.
How Did Rut Hockey Begin?
Many people have asked the same question: Where did you all come up with such an idea? Rut Hockey has many facets and is a collaboration from several key people.
This first idea was discussed in 2008 after an adult hockey league game in San Antonio, TX between Ryan Scott and Rob Fauteux discussing putting a team together and competing in a Pond Hockey Tournament somewhere up north!
However, the original design was an idea that had been brewing in the mind of the most redneck of the hockey players, “Gutpile” AJ O’Connor.
According to AJ he had been searching the internet for several years trying to find a hunting camouflage hockey jersey. He found several types of jerseys that had different forms of military camo but not a hunting camo. In the summer months of 2009 the idea of going to Lake Placid NY for a pond hockey tournament was put on the table. AJ now had a true reason to bring his camo hockey jersey concept to reality.
First of all we needed to pick a camo pattern. AJ contacted all the major companies; Realtree, Mossy Oak, Kings Camo, even Under Armor and some other less known companies. We seemed to get a lot of roadblocks from all the companies accept for Mossy Oak. They were great. They wanted to know more about our ideas and the tournament and they pointed us in the right direction.
We finally found a small company that could get us the quantity of camo that we needed in a material that would be suitable for a hockey jersey. Now we just needed to find a company to build these jersey’s for us. Rob found a company out of Minnesota called Tough Jerseys that specializes in hockey jerseys and we started bouncing ideas on what this jersey would exactly look like.
Most of the ideas were recorded up in the Penalty Box and Willies bar/restaturant in San Antonio one night after beer league. AJ, Ryan and Rob starting going through ideas and making notes on a napkin. AJ started spitting out names that would go on the back of the jerseys and Rob started making small drawings of what this jersey would look like…stripes, shoulder color etc… After about 18 Labatt Blues we came up with a camo jersey in Mossy Oak Break Up with black shoulders and collar with bright orange striping. Needless to say we were pretty excited and pretty tired after it was done. I think we closed the bar down that night.
There were only a few minor items that had yet been decided. What was the team going to be called? What would the logo on the front be? This actually took quite a bit of time. Ryan was quite excited to get the website built so the team name became the first priority. We wanted the name to be associated with deer so several names were suggested; “The Bucks” and “The Rut”. After a day or two Ryan made an executive decision and ruthockey.com was born. It was only a few weeks later that the jersey company sent us a logo used by a team in Minnesota that was an emblem of a charging buck. It was perfect and so we adopted it as our own.
After getting all the specs, names, numbers and logos together we left everything in the hands of the jersey company. We were told that they had more fun building our jerseys than any other. The owner even had one built for himself and it currently hangs at his business on display for all to see.
The day the jerseys arrived by UPS it was like Christmas. A lot has happened since then. AJ’s initial idea had blossomed into an entity with its own energy. Ryan took the lead on the website. James Thomas headed up the merchandise. Rob has been the project manager. Its amazing that 2 years have gone by and there have been several new orders of hockey jerseys for kids and for new additions to the Rut Hockey team. Several jerseys have been auctioned off or traded for.
Needless to say, we get great reactions from people everywhere we go. The most common conversation goes like this:
“Where are you guys from?”
“We’re from San Antonio.”
And their response is priceless.
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