Get to know the Royals Hockey Operations Coordinator, Noah Rousseau

HOMETOWN: Neuville, QC 

How do you credit your success? I’m very lucky that my parents have always supported me, especially in this experience. I am very driven and determined which has pushed me to get me to where I am today. However, I’m very grateful to Dan (Price) and JF (Best) for giving me this opportunity to learn from them and to further my career. I also believe that the connections I’ve made over the years with people in all facets of life has contributed to my success.  

School background: Bachelor of Sport Management (Brock University), Master of Science in Sports Management (Columbia University) 

Sports Background: I’ve always enjoyed playing sports. I played hockey growing up and was a referee for five years. I also played soccer and love to golf in the summer. It was my goal to get as much experience as I could in sports growing up and so I took a position as a part-time operator at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines where I worked closely with the Niagara IceDogs during my time at Brock. I also interned with the Welland Jackfish for a summer in the first year they relocated from Burlington to Welland.  

Why did you get into hockey operations? Hockey has always been a part of my life. I thought for a long time I wanted to be an architect, but then I realized I wanted to use my passion and love for sports in my career so when I discovered the field of sports management, it seemed like the best fit for me.  My career goal is to be the architect of a hockey team and eventually become a GM or President of Hockey Operations for an NHL franchise.  

Career with the Royals: I started with the Royals in June while I was still in New York working on my master’s degree and then moved to Victoria in August.   

Favourite memory with the Royals so far: The first time I toured the rink was pretty special – like an “I made it” moment. It was a surreal experience, almost unbelievable.  

What are you looking forward to most with the Royals? Learning as much as possible about the hockey operations side of things and taking in as much as I can.  

What do you do in your spare time? I’m currently finishing my master’s degree but in my spare time I like playing golf, reading and try to stay connected with my friends who live in Ontario and New York. 

What advice do you have for others looking to be in your position? You definitely have to want it, be committed and accept it’s not going to be easy. This industry is tough and at first, it’s going to be difficult but as the years go by it constantly gets better. My best advice would be to try and create as many connections as possible as you move through your career.   

Fun Facts: I played and refereed in the Quebec City PeeWee tournament and have a black belt in taekwondo. I also grew up on a farm and am bilingual. 

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