As a toddler growing up in Minnesota, Joey Gale skated on frozen ponds, leading to a childhood of organized youth hockey and "a decent amount" of pond hockey, the latter of which is pure yore for any of us who love the sport.
Gale moved to Seattle for an advertising job in 2018, happy to discover the Greater Seattle Hockey League (GSHL) afforded good reason to bring his hockey bag, skates and sticks.
"I have vivid memories growing up of going to the pond with my mom, dad and brother," says Gale during the "Pride Roundtable" presented by Symetra that posted Wednesday and is available for on-demand viewing (also included with this article). "Growing up, there were certain challenges that I faced. In the locker room there's lot of banter, some language that gets used and eventually takes a toll. As a gay guy, I almost felt like an imposter in really masculine sport."