To do business in Florida, a lot of paperwork is needed, as with any state.
I was interested this week knowing what businesses registered with the Florida Division of Corporations have the word hockey in them and what they do. You won’t see the rinks on here as most of them have ice or ice arena in their registered business name.
So, here are all of the business who registered with the word “hockey” with the state of Florida. It’s amazing how little available there is for some of these businesses as far as official websites, but enough about the owners or business activity can be found online.
Hockey 24/7 Inc.
Registered to Tim Kyrkostas of Wellington. Kyrkostas is in charge of the Palm Beach Blackhawks junior hockey team, runs various camps and was a former skating coach for the Panthers.
Hockey Enterprises Inc
Registered to Mathieu Comeau of Boynton Beach, it appears this business was entangled in a franchise legal battle with a company called Total Hockey Training Centers (not to be confused with the Total Hockey equipment stores.) Court documents, including this one, can be found online.
Hockey Ghost and Hockey Ghost Holdings
This company was just created June 10 to Joseph Eysie of Boynton Beach. According to a trademark filing, Hockey Ghost will be a database system and use “virtual reality immersion.” Sounds like an advanced data training tool. According to his LinkedIn page, Eysie is an energy consultant for Tactical Energy Solutions, which specializes in building standards for natural gas and other utilities.
Hockey Gems, Hockey Jewels
Registered to Tarie MacMillan of Wimauma, formerly of Brandon and Madeline Griffin of Wimauma. No records can be found what this business does. Griffin’s LinkedIn profile lists her as a volunteer sled hockey coach. I lumped these two together because both registrations have the same Wimauma address.
The Hockey Group
This one is in my neck of the woods, registered to Larry Davenport of University Park. Larry is a former captain of the Boston University Terriers and was inducted into BU’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. He also played for the Toronto Marlies. He shared some of his photos of his glory days on Facebook. Here is a little bit more on him. His wife is Michelle Crabtree, a broker for Michael Saunders & Co. His name has traced back to a Facebook posting concerning a meeting with a mouth guard manufacturer called Quantum Difference while in Ft. Myers. Best guess is he invests in various hockey businesses in the background.
Hockey International LLC
Registered to Brett Strot of Bradenton, and has ties to the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. He runs hockey schools and camps via Hockey International and his story can be read on the Bradenton Times and on my employer’s website at the Bradenton Herald by colleague Richard Dymond.
Hockey Ministries International Inc.
This business is based in Montreal, on Montreal Canadiens Avenue of all places. They say the Canadiens is a religion in Montreal, but I think this is for another faith: Christianity. This international business operates hockey camps that weave in Christian values while also providing chapel services in various hockey leagues in North America.
One of the key people registered to the business is former NHL goon Stu Grimson, who despite his fights, is a devout Christian. Other people registered include Ralph Loader, Phil Hendrickson, Donald and Christy Liesemer and Dan Seekings. All of those people are either in Canada except for Stu in Tennessee and Paul in Massachusetts. The registered agent is based in Miami.
Hockey’s Helping Hands
This is a non-profit registered in Tampa to a well-to-do businessman. Bernard R. Skerkowski is the chief financial officer for a company called TransGenex Nanobiotech. Even Businessweek has a bio on him. The organization appears to award scholarships. A Facebook posting for St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island, shows his son Matt Skerkowski awarding three $1,000 college scholarships to students there.
Hockey Skills Shooting Academy Inc.
Registered to Alan Geffin of Ft. Lauderdale, this hockey academy operates at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs.
The Hockey Source
This listing is still active, but according to records, this was an ice and roller hockey store in Tamarac. The address listed, 11426 W. Sample Road, shows that it is a Play It Again Sports now.
There are many, many more inactive businesses that have hockey in their name that seem to have interesting names.
One that struck me was Hockey Puck Diner at 2605 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. It went out of business in 2004. That address shows as Rose Radiology today, which is interesting because Dr. Manuel Rose is both the official team MRI doctor for the Lightning and other teams here, but he also owns the Clearwater Ice Arena. The diner, however, was not listed in his name.
Staying in Clearwater, another business simply called The Hockey Rink was registered to Brian Gonthier in 1998 and 1999. The address showed as 11225 US 19. The land has a church on it beside a Sears Outlet today. Was there a movement at some point to build an ice rink there?
A Ft. Myers doctor, had registered a trademark Hockey Headcase in 2004 for helmets, but never materialized.