NHL Backchecking: Dave Feamster Flips NHL Career for Pizza Profits

September 1st, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
“What do you do in life? You learn to tie your shoes, then you play hockey.”-Dave Feamster

Dave Feamster sums up his life with that simple, yet brilliant quote.

The youngest of five boys, Feamster grew up in Detroit living and breathing hockey. Every winter, his father would flood their backyard so he and his friends could play.

“Every afternoon after school we’d have a big game,” Feamster recalled. “Everyone in the neighborhood would come over and we’d have the draft, pick the teams; my dad would bring hot chocolate out between periods. It was kind of like the neighborhood hangout, built around the rink in our backyard.”

Feamster joined his first team at nine years old, the Little Caesars hockey club. At 14, he was awarded a scholarship to play hockey at Colorado College and, in 1978, was drafted in the sixth round (96th overall) by the Chicago Black Hawks.

In college, Feamster enjoyed great success, scoring 184 points in 150 career games. After staying an extra year to obtain a business degree, he played a season in the Central League with the Dallas Black Hawks before turn ...

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