Glendora native, Wave, Jr. Kings alum Miner-Barron calls it a career
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Alex Miner-Barron, a Glendora native and former youth player with the California Wave and Los Angeles Jr. Kings, announced his retirement from the game with a Facebook post earlier this month.
“The decision to retire was by no means the easiest,” Miner-Barron wrote. “By doing so, I was letting go of a very comfortable and exciting lifestyle, a guaranteed paycheck, a free opportunity to see the world. Most importantly, I was letting go of something I have loved so deeply for the past 20 years. Hockey has brought me all across the world, introduced me to my best friends, taught me lessons no amount of money could buy, and to be brutally honest, it has saved my life.”
After leaving youth hockey, Miner-Barron played three years of junior hockey with the North American Hockey League’s Bismarck Bobcats and United States Hockey League’s Indiana Ice and Waterloo Black Hawks. He then earned a scholarship to play NCAA Division I hockey at Quinnipiac University, going to the NCAA tournament four times, including two Frozen Four appearances, and winning an ECAC Hockey championship.
The pro game saw him skate overseas in France last season.
“When I was honest with myself and what my dream in this world was, it made the decision to not only quit, but make a seamless transition out of hockey into the real world a lot easier than expected,” continued Miner-Barron. “When I not only admitted to myself but to the world that my actual dream was to make a massive impact on this world by improving one life at a time, I finally felt free.
“No matter who you are or where you are at in your career, it’s never too late to achieve your childhood dream. Your life, your career, who you want to be in this world and what you want to accomplish is entirely up to you.”
— Matt Mackinder
(Oct. 5, 2017)