PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Friday that John Krouse of the Pensacola Ice Pilots has been chosen as the 2003-04 Southern Sports Supply ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year.
In his fifth season with the Ice Pilots, Krouse was presented with the award at the Society of Professional Equipment Managers Show held June 13-15 in Baltimore. The award is determined in a vote of ECHL equipment managers.
Born and raised in Rome, N.Y., Krouse was 15 years old when he began his career in hockey working as a stick boy for the Utica Devils of the American Hockey League. The equipment manager for Utica was Scott Moon, who is currently an equipment manager with the New York Islanders. Moon worked in the ECHL for Mississippi and was selected by his peers to be equipment manager for the Southern Conference at the 2002 ECHL All-Star Game.
After working as an assistant with his brother, Richard, for Utica in the Colonial Hockey League, Krouse was 19 years old when he got his first job as a head equipment manager with Winston-Salem in the Southern Hockey League.
Following a season with Winston-Salem, Krouse became head equipment manager for Peoria of the ECHL and after three seasons joined the Ice Pilots. Krouse’s brother, Richard, works with Utah of the AHL.
Southern Sports Supply ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year Award Winners
Pensacola Ice Pilots