Hockey team puts alternative spin on puck for local league

on November 19, 2010

The San Francisco Goaldiggers, a recreational league hockey team that plays at Oakland Ice Center, is out to win games, as well as change minds.

Originally founded by goalie Don Otvos as a gay team during the summer of 2007, when he moved to San Francisco, the organization has maintained an identity of being predominately composed of gay team members. Nonetheless, Otvos says his hope was always to simply show that the sport of hockey is for everyone, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.

But now, as the group has evolved and moved up in skill level, the team is no longer so much about being gay as it is about being welcoming of all people. And as the years have passed, Otvos has seen more and more straight men join the team, which he and the group are more than willing to accept.

The Goaldiggers love fans and invite anyone interested in coming to watch, or perhaps even joining up, to drop in to see them play at the Oakland Ice Center on Sundays for the remainder of the fall season. For more information about their team and updates about frequent social functions and fundraisers, check out their Facebook page.

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