Truck tech trades tools for hockey mask

News Jason Cannon November 4, 2013

bill_mihay1If you can’t find Bill Mihay under the hood of a Volvo truck, find the closest roller skating rink.

A Volvo technician by trade for nearly eight years, Mihay has spent the last 10 months in the service department at TEC Equipment in Washington.

That’s his real job.

His real fun job is goalie for the Washington Warriors, one of the best Rink Hockey teams in the U.S.

Mihay’s post with the Warriors has led him around the world, earning him a spot on the U.S. Rink Hockey National Team. The team just returned from a fifth place finish in the World Rink Hockey Championships in Africa.

Not too bad for a guy who picked up the sport at 12 years old.

“I played roller hockey when I was a kid,” Mihay says of a similar but completely different sport on wheels. “We moved and Olympia (Wash.) didn’t have roller hockey, but they did have Rink Hockey and decided to give it a try.”

Roller Hockey is distinguished by the use of inline skates. Otherwise it’s a land-based version of ice hockey.

Rink Hockey, Mihay says, differs in that players use standard roller skates, and offensive strategy is a key component over brute force and power.

“There’s no open hitting, but contact is allowed. Basketball is similar,” he says. “We do a lot of pick and rolls on defense and a lot of the offense is based on basketball moves. Technique rules the roost. Power, strength and speed alone won’t get it done.”

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