Author: Lindsey Micheletti,
The hockey community in Minnesota has always had a special place in Pat Micheletti’s heart. Pat plans to share the impact hockey made on his life by speaking at the InSports Foundation Charity Golf Tournament this summer. At the tournament Pat will express how the hockey opportunities in his life made him who he is today. He wants younger generations to experience the love and passion for the game as he did.
The tournament will be hosted June 9th, 2014 at Oxbow Country Club, just 30 minutes south of Fargo.
The Hibbing, Minnesota native was born December 11, 1963. Pat was the youngest of 9 children, with 6 older brothers and 2 older sisters. Growing up, the kids spent most of their winters outdoors playing hockey. After a successful high school career, Pat was being sought after to play college hockey at schools across the nation.
However, the only place he desired to play was at the University of Minnesota; he wanted to follow in his brothers, Joe and Don, footsteps and be a Golden Gopher. It was his dream school and it was “an honor and privilege to get a scholarship to play there”, Pat recalls.
He went on to be the second all-time leading scorer in Gopher Hockey history and got the chance to continue his career with the Minnesota North Stars. He then finished his career playing professionally in Varese, Italy, where he was forced to retire due to knee injuries.
Looking back, Pat says, “My accomplishments were mainly due to the mentoring from my parents, brothers, and sisters who taught me how to act, how to handle the pressures of athletics, and the drive to succeed.”
Pat now continues to be a part of the game of hockey in Minnesota through multiple broadcasts he is part of throughout the winter. He is currently a Radio Analyst for Gopher Hockey, Co-host of Wild Fan Line post-game call-in show, and Co-host of radio show “Beyond on the Pond”.
On top of all of this, Pat also makes a few guest appearances to places such as Fox 9 Sports Primetime, Wild hockey pre-view parties, and most recently, an analyst at the 2014 Minnesota High School Boy’s Hockey Tournament.
Pat loves the opportunity to broadcast many levels of hockey every winter, saying, “Broadcasting allows me to still be apart of the game and increases my exposure in the community.” He also went on to say, “When I broadcast from any venue, I prepare as if I am preparing to play in that game.”
Pat says hockey has taught him that, “it was always important to be a good teammate and an even better friend.” He hopes to instill the positive contributions sports such as hockey can make on the youth through this event.
Please join us this summer at our first ever Charity Golf Tournament, and see Minnesota Hockey icon, Pat Micheletti share his stories at our awards dinner after the round. Stay tuned to catch the rest of our historical lineup of speakers.