Known for his hard hitting enforcement on the ice and positive attitude in the dressing room and public domain, our foundation's co-founder Aaron Downey sets a fine example of what putting heart and spirit into your work can do for yourself and others. Growing up in Shelburne, Ontario on one of Canada's largest potato farms, Aaron feels blessed by having nature as part of his training ground.
A great family and like minded community in support of healthy team activities such as hockey also acted as seeds for his success.
Since very early childhood Aaron knew that he wanted to play for the National Hockey League. With the support of family, friends, teachers and coaches, and by maintaining focus, hard work and dedication, many of his dreams met and continue to meet his aspirations. He shares his available time with others in the most beneficial of ways, focusing on health, happiness, and creating for ourselves and others the great things that life has to offer.
During the 07/08 and 08/09 seasons Aaron played for his 4th Original 6 Team, The Detroit Red Wings, (2008 Stanley Cup Champions). He has also played for the Montreal Canadiens,
St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, and Boston Bruins. He is currently working in Hockey Training and Development with the Red Wings' AHL affiliate team, the Grand Rapids Griffins. With Aaron's passion for teaching, sharing, teamwork, and making our world a more positive place, he is helping build this network of care and support for those seeking to pursue their dreams.
Trevor Downey, Aaron's brother is a co-founder of the House9 Hockey Foundation, and brings with him many successful years of experience in networking, accounting, product and project development, sales and marketing. Playing hockey since childhood his most recent position was playing forward for the Shelburne Muskies hockey team in the WOAA Senior AA league.
Always working towards the best for all involved and in the heartfelt spirit of family, Trevor has played an integral role in building the Downey Farms business to the level that it operates at today.
While applying the same great moral code and dedication, Trevor brings with him the support of many like minded friends, citizens, and local businesses who are assisting us in helping kids play hockey..
Shawn is our fellow co-founder and the original creator of the house9® name and trademark. This star-house shaped symbol and name originally came into use accompanying the world's first '999' clothing line that he launched in west coast surf and skate shops in 1996.
With a background in public relations, special event coordination, promotions, security, customer and technical support, Shawn brings with him over 20 years of diverse work experience. He has worked for companies such as Via Rail (Canada's passenger rail system), Microsoft, as well as held numerous VIP/Celebrity and special event security positions since 1993. His most memorable position to date was being stationed as personal protection for Mick Jagger along side him on stage and backstage for the Voodoo Lounge Tour in Vancouver, BC. Along with working security positions for bands and performing artists such as Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, The Tragically Hip, Beastie Boys and Cyprus Hill, Shawn has also worked as security for European and American actors such as Gerald Butler (300), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), and Paul Walker (Fast and the Furious). He is also a Reiki Master Teacher registered with the International Center for Reiki Training practicing the complimentary healing therapy of Reiki since 1997.
A dedicated asset to our team, Shawn volunteers his time assisting us in our event coordination, photography and public relations.
Detroit Red Wing defenseman Kyle Quincey has been a key member of the House9 Hockey Foundation since it's inception in 2008. The following season of 08/09 Kyle signed to the Los Angeles Kings and was their leading defensemen in assists, points and shots. After playing for the Colorado Avalanche the past 2 seasons Kyle has recently been re-signed to the Detroit roster in 2012 and is playing his best game yet. It's no secret that we believe he carries the house9 magic for the playoffs this year.
Growing up in Ontario, Canada, amongst a number of highly skilled and talented players in the Ontario Hockey League, Kyle was soon one of the OHL's top All-Star defensemen, and voted best "defensive defensemen" by the league's coaches in the 04/05 Eastern Conference.
His hard work and high performance led Kyle to sign with the Detroit Red Wings the following season (05/06), where he was playing alongside future Hall-of-Fame defensemen Chris Chelios and Nicklas Lidstrom absorbing as much knowledge and experience as possible before being picked up by the LA Kings while on waivers with Detroit. He met Aaron Downey when Aaron first came to play for the Detroit Red Wings in the 07/08 season. They became good friends and Kyle was one of the first to get involved and support the House9 Hockey Foundation.
Training with Aaron in the 07/08 season didn't hurt his Offensive Defensemen game either. With former Toronto Maple Leafs Bill Berg as one of his top childhood idols, it's no wonder Kyle's work ethic and success mirrors that of the hockey great he's admired from the start. Kyle is an active member of the foundation, and we greatly appreciate his dedication, assistance and support. A true role model to our up and coming future hockey stars both on and off the ice.