The beauty of hockey is that you can get involved at any moment in your life — even if that means you have never played.
Such was the case for Darin Jones, the current president of the Webster Youth Hockey Organization, registrar and also member of the organization’s board of directors.
In total, Jones has spent roughly 20 years as a hockey volunteer, including the last 10 years with Webster Youth Hockey.
While Jones did not grow up around the sport, he first became involved as a league administrator when his son, Darin, started playing as a 4-year-old in the mid-1990s. Like his son, Jones first laced up the skates around the same time.
Even with his son years removed from youth hockey, Jones stays connected to the game and helps grow the sport in the Greater Rochester area.
“For me, it’s all about the kids and ensuring that they have the same level of enjoyment that our family got from my son being able to play hockey,” Jones said.
“It’s seeing those young kids come off the ice with the same smile and the same happiness emanating from them that my son had when he played. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”