One man who helped get American hockey off the ground and made a significant impact with USA Hockey was Lou Vairo. A few weeks ago during a USA Hockey coaching dinner in Long Island, NY, which also included an event that celebrated Vairo's life in hockey, Lee and Travis sat down with Vairo, Dave Starman (USA Hockey Certified Coach and College Hockey analyst), and Mike Bonelli (USA Hockey volunteer) to talk about Vairo's career and his impact on USA Hockey.
In the last part of this three-episode podcast series with Lou, you should keep your ears open to learn the following:
- For a long time, the U.S. and Russians weren't exactly fans of each other. Lou tells us how he saw it differently, especially when it came to hockey. Lou saw them as a hockey powerhouse that were creative in every aspect of the game, thanks to head coach Anotoli Tarasov.
- Because of his admiration for the way the Russians played the game, He reached out to Tarasov about wanting to learn more about his team's style and how they went about playing the game.
- Lou tells us how him and Tarasov became great friends and how they met with each other a ton to and how Tarasov was such an inspiration to him.
- It was interesting to hear Lou talk about the conversations he had with Tarasov through an interpreter. He shares a funny story about seeing dolphins with Tarasov when they were at an aquarium.
- Lou tells us how Tarasov taught him about different drills to use and how in the end, it made him learn to appreciate creativity, which is where the game is today.