Leadership Spotlight – Pat Kelleher, USA Hockey

Getting to know the leaders in youth sports and what drives them each and every day. Along with some recommendations for your next book, TV show, or podcast. Want to be highlighted here? Tell us a little about yourself—we’re always looking for great people to highlight every month! 

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Let’s get to know Pat Kelleher from USA Hockey 

1. Industry trends I follow

Participation in youth sports as a result of the pandemic, as well as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives across the sports world.

2. Someone I follow on social media that you should go follow right now is _______ 

All USA Hockey social channels!

3. What are you currently reading?

I just finished “Us Against You” by Fredrik Backman, which is a follow up to his book “Beartown.” They are set in a small town in Sweden and have hockey woven into the story.

4. What are you currently binging on?

I largely watch a lot of hockey and sports on TV. I also just finished “The Queen’s Gambit.”

5. What are you listening to?

I’m mostly a music guy (heavy on The Black Crowes) but I listen to hockey podcasts from time to time.

6. What is your go-to leadership quote?

With the challenges we have all faced over the last year, we have been talking a lot about culture so this is a more recent one that I like to use: “Culture is both created and tolerated.”

7. What is your favorite sports memory?

The Miracle on Ice was pretty impactful on the 9 year old me who loved hockey.    

8. Favorite athlete of all time and why? 

Like most people who are my age and grew up a Bruins fan in Boston, I’d probably have to say Bobby Orr.

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