Having grown up in the northeast section of the country and enduring all those cold winters, I grew up pond skating and playing hockey until it got so dark out, you just couldn’t see where you were going. As the years grew, I continued playing the game all the way through college and beyond. I even had a tryout with the Nashua Maples Leafs, a professional team in the old New England Hockey League.
I hung the skates up long ago, moved to Florida and began my real estate career. I longed for something that would keep me connected to my Boston roots, as I spent quite a few years as an on-air personality in radio, where I maintained my love of sports. I did a stint as ‘the voice of the Boston Red Sox’ for Spring Training, yet it has always been hockey that I have been most passionate about.
I was thrilled and excited some eleven years ago to read in the Naples Daily News that a group, owned by the Carolina Hurricanes, was planning on building an arena in Estero, a short drive from Naples, and forming a franchise that would play in the ECHL, the premier hockey league. That franchise is now the highly successful Florida Everblades, who have been serving as an affiliate for both the Florida Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL, where they have sent several alumni. For the first few years, I was their Music Director, responsible for the arena music before, during and after the games. I have now moved on the become one of the off-ice officials for the ECHL, where I run the area scoreboard clock, sitting between the home and visitor’s penalty boxes, which provides plenty of excitement, plus some occasional bad language.
The key is that I have been able to successfully mix two passions, hockey and real estate, and for that, I’ll be forever thankful.
V.K. [Mel] Melhado PA
Fine Home Specialist
Preview Naples Group
Premiere Plus Realty Co.