"All the attributes you can get from a team sport like hockey, I wanted to be able to stress to the people I was working with. The confidence I got in life from hockey, the camaraderie, the teamwork, you can go on and on with the skills you develop in hockey."
-- Peter Ciavaglia
What happens when a professional hockey player hangs up his skates for the final time but still wants to be involved in the game? There is coaching or scouting, perhaps even a front-office position.
Then there is the route Peter Ciavaglia took.
A native of Albany, New York, and graduate of Harvard University, Ciavaglia played briefly in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres but spent much of his career with the International Hockey League's Detroit Vipers. In his six seasons with the Vipers, Ciavaglia became fond of the team's charitable contributions.
"Just being involved in the community, I knew it was something I wanted to continue when I was done," Ciavaglia told NHL.com. "And I wanted to incorporate, if I could, hockey. It was a big part of my life."