Thursday, May 27, 2010

Taking Care of Business:Tim Kerr

I recently wrote about meeting Tim Kerr at a convention in Oaks (PA). Kerr had an excellent career for 13 seasons in the NHL.
Kerr has kept busy after his retirement from the NHL. He owns Tim Kerr's PowerPlay Realty and the Pensacola Ice Flyers, a minor league hockey team in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Kerr had previously owned the Pensacola Ice Pilots.I asked Kerr how he got involved in the ownership of a hockey team. Kerr said, "The opportunity came along from a friend who knew the team was not going to operate and we stepped in and took over in 2003."
Certainly owning a team is different from playing on one. How does the
excitement level rank for Kerr? He said, "It is the same feeling as playing. The passion of being around a bunch of young men who want to work together and try and win games is fun and being a part of that is exciting." That was interesting. Many ex-players don't find the same level of excitement in anything after playing. I asked Kerr about the difference between playing and owning. Kerr stated, "As an owner, you have to worry about 18 players and all your staff and how game opps are run. As a player, you really only worry about getting yourself ready to play each night."
As usual, I had to ask Kerr about hockey cards. He told me, "I have never collected cards. My kids get a kick out of seeing all the cards that were made. It was a long time ago, but I am sure I was excited to see my first card back in the day."
It was great meeting Kerr and a couple of his ex-teammates last year. I appreciate Kerr taking time to answer my questions.
Tim Kerr, Ken Linseman and Brian Propp in Oaks, PA-October 2009.

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