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Anzelc's always on the job

by Dave Vest
Jack Anzelc has been working security at Arena since it opened on Dec. 26, 2003. The 73-year-old has not missed a Coyotes game or a concert he was assigned to help patrol.
Anzelc commutes nine miles each way from his home in nearby Peoria, Ariz., to Arena in Glendale. A year of retirement bored him, so now he spends his afternoons and evenings making sure things run smoothly at Arizona’s NHL arena.
Here is a breakdown of Anzelc’s schedule on Coyotes' game days:
3 p.m.: Anzelc arrives at Arena and checks in with the chief of security.

3:05 p.m.: Anzelc and other security workers circle the concourse of the lower bowl of the arena, closing all the curtains to help keep the rink cool. This is an essential task for a team that plays 41 home games in the desert.

3:30 p.m.: Anzelc begins checking in media members as they arrive at the media entrance. His duties there include verifying credentials, checking bags and guiding those unfamiliar with the building to the media lounge on the service level and/or the press box high above the ice.

4:30 p.m.: Many of the visiting teams stay at one of the hotels that co-exist with Arena inside the Westgate complex. Because of the close proximity, many of the visiting players and coaches simply walk from their hotel to the arena for the game. Once the players start showing up inside the arena, Anzelc escorts them to the visiting locker room.

Anzelc says this is the part of his job he likes the most.

"We really take good care of them,” he says.
5 p.m.: Once all of the Coyotes and visiting players have reached their locker rooms, Anzelc turns his attention back to checking in members of the media, as well as checking in families of players, and other VIPs.
7 p.m.: Once the game starts, Anzelc stands guard outside the Coyotes' locker room for the duration of the game.

Post-game: Immediately after the game, Anzelc hustles over to the office of Coyotes video coach Steve Peters, where he picks up DVDs of the just-completed game and delivers them to the referees who've just officiated the contest.

As soon as that task is completed, Anzelc goes back to guarding the Coyotes' locker room until all the players and coaches are gone. Though it comes at the end of his day, this is a busy time, as players, family members, team executives and others linger and mingle around the locker rooms for up to an hour or so after the game. But Anzelc and his co-workers stick around until the last one leaves, usually between 10:30 and 11 p.m.

Dave Vest is the Vice President of News Content for the Phoenix Coyotes.

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