- Steve Gregory
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Tournament Team
- Pittsburgh Gods
- Current Team
- 2017 Men’s Team USA
- Past Teams
- 2015 Men's World Ball Hockey Championship, 2017 Men's World Ball Hockey Championship
01. What is your first hockey memory?
My first hockey memory is of my brother and I coming out of a local church’s basement after our first championship. Our parents gave us both a huggie…I guess we did well. The brother connection has been there ever since.
02. When did you start playing ball hockey/hockey in general?
I started playing hockey when I was 3 at the local YMCA. As my brother and I became more excited about the game, we moved around a good bit until my father helped start Team Pittsburgh. It wasn’t until I was Beaver age before I started playing travel. The Beaver and Cadet age years were tough and where I learned the most. We did our fair share of losing but kept coming back for more. My last two years of cadet I was given the opportunity to play Freshman and that is where I really felt my game took off.
03. If you switched from a different form of hockey (i.e. field hockey, ice hockey), how hard was the transition?
I attempted to start ice when I was about 10 but my family and I couldn’t afford it and I didn’t have as much time as ice typically requires. Between my brother, my sister and me, my parents were already pulled in a million different ways.
04. Are there ball hockey leagues near your home? If so, which one did you grow up playing in?
When I was 8 or so, my father helped kick start our league that has now flourished into Team Pittsburgh. With that said, Team Pittsburgh has leagues year round. The unfortunate part is Team Pittsburgh doesn’t have men’s leagues so I have find alternative ways to keep myself sharp.
05. How hard is it to pick up with your team at the USA camps, when you only play with each other every few months?
I honestly feel that the excitement is so great that you do everything you can to make it as easy as possible. Everyone at this level can play the game, it is just the matter of finding similarities or commonalities. Typically you play against some of the guys you are now playing alongside so the familiarity isn’t something that has to be reinvented. Some guys click faster than others but it is usually those who simplify their game and don’t try to do too much that find quick success with one another.
06. How did you hear about ASHI and the USA Ball Hockey team?
Ever since 2008 when I was selected to the Junior team that went to St. John, Newfoundland I’ve always tried to stay in touch with what was going on with the USA program. Given that I play for Cory Herschk throughout the travel season, my job is simply to produce well enough to be considered for national teams moving forward. More so recently I’ve had the opportunity to become more involved with ASHI, having been blessed to coach the U20 Junior team this past June in Slovakia. ASHI is doing great things and I want to do everything I can to stay involved and grow this great sport.
07. What has been your favorite part of being a part of the USA program thus far?
The competition in international play is unmatched. While A-league in the US and throughout Canada is a exceptional in its own right, the international play is second to none. The preparation you have to put in and the sacrifices you make in order to be successful make hearing your national anthem after a win that much more special. Having the opportunity to wear your countries colors and go into battle with your teammates builds memories and friendships that will never go away.
08. Did you ever think you would be playing hockey in Europe? (Switzerland)
If you would have asked me that before my first time was 2009 in Pilsen, Czech Republic I would have said you were crazy. A small city guy from Pittsburgh competing internationally for the WBHC wasn’t even a dream of mine growing up. This sort of thing didn’t exist when I started playing but I’m glad I found out about it. I have truly been blessed to be apart of the teams that I’ve played for and the friends that I’ve made because of USA Ball-hockey
09. Have you ever been to Europe? (Switzerland)
While Slovakia is nice, I’ve been there too many times over the past couple years. I can’t wait to visit a new city and experience all that it has to offer.
10. What is the most exciting thing about playing in a foreign country? (Switzerland)
I truly love the “Us against the World” mindset that seems to always be prevalent. Competing with your teammates and experiencing something so unique is so much fun.
11. What are you most looking forward to?
Being the first USA Ball-hockey team to win a gold medal!!!
12. What does representing your country mean to you?
Representing your country is like nothing else. When you play A-league you wear your cities colors and represent your teammates, your family and your city. When you wear your countries colors you stand for much more. You find yourself obligated to represent yourself to a higher standard. Representing your country is the ultimate honor.
13. What is your ultimate goal while being a part of the USA Team?
All I want is to help this team reach its ultimate goal in winning a gold medal. Whatever and whenever the coaching staff calls my number, I will do whatever it is asked of me to help this team win. I can’t wait!!!
2015 Men's World Ball Hockey Championship
2017 Men's World Ball Hockey Championship
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