Tommy George is an AHL official that has local roots. Tommy played club hockey at Urbana High School in Frederick County and eventually donned the stripes in the Olympic games. He’s also done IIHF events like the World Championship. You’ve likely seen him in Hershey as a linesman during Bears games.
So naturally, I had to ask him all the important questions like What are the mean things hockey players say to each other on the ice? and What’s it like to break up a hockey fight?
Tommy also chatted about the Old Fat Bald Guys hockey tournament happening at SkateFrederick this weekend, which is for a very, very good cause.
The first 30 minutes of our conversation is focused on the OFGB tourney and our shared local roots in Frederick County. The rest of the conversation dives into what it’s like being an official. It’s a great listen. I hope you enjoy.
And now, here’s more about the tournament via the OFBG website.
2019 Old Fat Bald Guys Summer Hockey Tournament
The 15th Annual Old Fat Bald Guys Ice Hockey Tournament will take place at Skate Frederick in Frederick, Maryland from July 12th-14th, 2019. This is a tournament for adult ice hockey players of all skill levels who have a passion for hockey, friendship, camaraderie and family. Over $40,000 has been raised through auctions held at the tournament each year benefiting various charities and non-profit organizations in and around the Frederick, Maryland community.
To honor the memory of David Anthony “Tony” Johnson, respect the wishes of his family and benefit the community, Old Fat Bald Guys Hockey will donate all proceeds from the silent auction at this year’s tournament to Platoon 22. This 501-c3 non-profit organization helps service veterans combat PTSD, and ultimately prevent these heroes from taking their own lives. The name Platoon 22 is symbolic of the estimated twenty-two U.S. service veterans who take their own lives every day due to PTSD. For more information please visit www.Platoon22.org.
We are seeking auction donors / donations, and tournament sponsors to help us raise money for Platoon 22 in memory of David Anthony “Tony” Johnson. We hope we can count on you as a sponsor or donor. We appreciate your help and support and hope to see you at the tournament!
Friday, July 12, 2019
8:00 AM Golf Tournament – Glade Valley Golf Course, Walkersville, Maryland
6:00 PM Hockey Tournament Begins *
Saturday, July 13, 2019
8:30 AM Hockey Tournament Resumes *
11:00 AM Silent and Raffle Auctions Begin #
6:00 PM Silent and Raffle Auctions End #
7:30 PM Live Auction Begins #
10:00 PM Party at Rink Ends
Sunday, July 14, 2019
10:00 AM Hockey Tournament Resumes *
12:00 PM Bronze Medal Game *
2:00 PM Gold Medal Game *
* all game times tentative, and are subject to change
# auction times are exact
They’ll also be selling these shirts, but get there early on Saturday.
Thank you to Young Rising Sons for our theme song!
Headline photo courtesy of Tommy George
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