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Steve Ritsema

Corporate Sales Account Manager

E-mail: sritsema@griffinshockey.com

Phone: (616) 774-4585 ext. 3047

Biography:


Number of seasons with the Griffins (through 2013-14): 2

What you love most about working for the Griffins: The game of hockey itself and the great comradery with the other staff members.

Favorite Griffins memory: Winning the Calder Cup during my first year.

Favorite all-time Griffins players: Good question.

Best thing about your job: Being able to work in the game of hockey and get out and support the community that supports us.

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Michigan

Spouse’s name/year you were married: Danielle, 2008

Children: Eliza (12), Ellsie (5), Easten (3 months)

College degree/year/school: B.S. Advertising, 2007 from GVSU

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Steve Yzerman

Personal/professional hero(es): My wife. I love her dearly, and I'm lucky to have her. She has always been my biggest supporter. My grandparents built my foundation and helped me become the person I am today.

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A hockey player was always a dream. A cop was second and more realistic.

First job/your age: McDonald's at age 16.

Current dream job: I don't know if I have a dream job. I love the job I do now and I want to continue to grow in the organization.

Other sports teams you've worked for: GVSU Club Hockey

Proudest professional accomplishment: Being able to bring back some sponsors that I didn't think would come back.

Most memorable on-the-job mistake/embarrassing moment: Hmm, I have to think about this one.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Mackenzie's Animal Sanctuary because I love dogs. I would also have to say the Griffins Youth Foundation because every child should be able to afford the chance to play hockey at least some point in their life.

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: I went to the Bahamas on my honeymoon, loved it. Also, I love to visit the Mouse in Florida as well.

Sports played growing up: Soccer, hockey, baseball, tennis, football

An interesting fact about you: I'm double jointed.

Favorite foods: Everything...steak.

Favorite music artists: Weezer and a few others

Favorite sports movie: Tough one. I love Miracle, but there are many classics.

Favorite book or author: Angels and Demons

Favorite subject in elementary school: Recess and lunch

Favorite spectator sports: Baseball, hockey

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Griffins): The Detroit Tigers, Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Red Wings

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: I love spending time with my family and having fun with my kids. I coach my daughter in softball. They keep me young and my family brings such joy to my life.

Executive

Hockey Operations

Public & Community Relations

Sales & Marketing

Finance & Administration/Ticket Operations

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