Randolph NJ/Aspen Ice, July 17, 2016

Stephanie Biery announced her retirement from the club and graciously passes the torch along to the next generation of travel hockey families. She served in a key role as Referee Coordinator at the club for the last 11-years. Her club duties included coordinating & scheduling referees for every home game for all levels together with the Atlantic District/NJYHL referee assignor liaison. Stephanie also served as team manager for each of the 12-seasons her boys played, many times in a duplicate role when both of her boys were in the club together.

A 14-year resident of Chester NJ, Stephanie is married to Dan, her husband of 26 years. She has two boys; Ryan age 22, who recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently working as an Industrial Designer in Chicago. Ryan was a former Freeze player who began skating with the club as a squirt and played through midget level. While attending RISD, he played club hockey for Brown University, serving as team captain during his junior and senior year. Stephanie’s younger son; Nathan age 19, a recent Freeze club alum, began playing as a mite and played through his 18U graduating level last year. He also served as a team captain for his Mendham High School varsity hockey team. Nathan now attends the University of Pittsburgh as a Biology/Pre-Med major. He spent his recreational time on the crew team as a freshman.

Remaining as busy as ever, Stephanie is owner and operator of her company; Soft Furnishings by Stephanie, and works as a home interior design consultant while creating custom window treatments for her clients. She enjoys traveling with husband Dan, playing in ladies league golf and currently functions as president elect of the Mendham Rotary International Club. She will serve as President of the rotary club beginning 2017.

When Stephanie was asked what advice she could provide to new members of our club just beginning their travel hockey adventures she replied, “Always remember to keep it fun and enjoy your time because it goes quickly. Don’t sweat the small stuff, avoid the drama, and relish the teamwork, camaraderie, and special relationships that you and your children will develop with other families.” These are words she definitely lived by during her tenure with the club.

We wish Stephanie and her family continued success, happiness and fun in all of their endeavors. The Freeze thanks her for her many years of service and help to the club.

Article by Carmen Spagnuolo

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