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Aaron Marcel (He/Him): Principal Founder, President

Growing up in the South Shore of Massachusetts, Aaron started playing hockey at 5 years old. If he was not jumping from rink to rink in attempt to juggle 2 or 3 teams at once, he was shooting pucks in his back yard or playing street hockey with his neighborhood friends. Aaron’s love for hockey developed quickly, as it manifested lifelong relationships, instilled core values, and propelled him towards academic and personal success.  

As Aaron transitioned from competitive, organized hockey to post-college men’s league, he reflected on his 20+ year hockey career, highlighting the fact that he never had a single player of color on any of his teams. Aaron’s experience regarding the lack of diversity in hockey is what inspired him to establish Hockey Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on eliminating the racial and financial barriers that preclude underserved populations from playing hockey.  

Hockey Haven immediately gained traction, earning a partnership with The New York Rangers, as well as support from national leaders in the movement to diversify hockey such as the Black Girl Hockey Club, Ice Hockey in Harlem, and Tucker Road Ducks. Aaron believes Hockey Haven will become an integral part of New Haven youth sports and will push the sport of hockey towards a more inclusive culture. 

Outside of Hockey Haven, Aaron is a second-year medical student at The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. He is pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, a field in which he can bridge his passion for medicine and athletics.  

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