Profile – Stacy Brooks

So this is the start of the profile feature and who better to start with than me.

 

Name: Stacy Brooks

Nickname(s): RocketGirl

Parents: Joe & Kathy Brooks

Brother: Mike Brooks

Work: Kirwin Fryday Medcalf Lawyers

Twitter: @TheRocketGirl16

 

1. What team do you volunteer for?

I don’t actually volunteer for a team anymore, but my team is the Strathroy Rockets.

 

2. What is your position with the team?

I do not have an official position with the team.  Over the years though, I’ve done many different jobs for the Rockets.  I worked the front door for a number of seasons, I did fundraising in the summers, did stats during the games, did player profiles, wrote articles for our programs, published our weekly program, and my greatest accomplishment was that I created, designed and maintained the first Rockets website.  These days though, I just consider myself to be super-fan.

 

3. Why do you volunteer for them?

Being with the Rockets is all I’ve ever known.  My Dad is the equipment manager, and has been since 1994-1995, so I’ve grown up around the team.  With that said, nothing makes me happier than being at my boys games, ringing my cowbell and cheering them on.

 

4. What do you find most rewarding about working with the team?

Meeting all the different people from the various teams.  Everyone knows of RG, I’ve built up quite the reputation and I’ve made a lot of friends over the years.  Sarnia’s GM, Big Bob, is my favourite GM in the league.  I try to go to Sarnia’s games when they’re in the area and, when they’re not playing the Rockets, I will spend the entire game talking to Bob.  He’s a good friend, my Dad’s known him for years, and if I don’t understand how something works, such as last season with Chatham and the imports, I ask Bob and he explains it to me.  I also have friends in Caledonia, Niagara Falls, and met some from Waterloo, Kitchener and Elmira last season.  My goal this season is to meet more people from the other teams.

 

5. Besides your home rink, what’s your favourite arena to travel to? Why?

I love the older arenas, they have more character and that ‘old time’ hockey atmosphere.  I absolutely love going to Sarnia and Chatham.  We always have good/great games against the Legionnaires and Maroons.  Not a lot of people like Sarnia or Chatham’s fans, the words ignorant and arrogant get thrown around a lot about them, but I’m sure the same gets said about me and you know what, they just make the experience even better.  There’s always a chance when we’re playing Sarnia or Chatham that I’m going to get into it with a fan from across the ice, or sometimes in the section right beside me, or in the same section, and it just makes it all the better.  We’re all passionate hockey fans for our teams and what more would you want?

 

6. How did you become known as RocketGirl?

When I joined the Western forum, in June 2004, the name I chose was RocketGirl, and that’s where it all began. 

I’m known as being loud, opinionated, stubborn, and a bit combative.  This is due to the fact that people assume because I’m a girl, I don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to the game of hockey.  The typical opinion is that hockey is a man’s sport and any girl that watches it and follows it, is just a puck bunny.  I’ve spent the last 10 years proving that theory wrong.  Even today, there are still those that don’t think I know what I’m talking about and I continuously prove them wrong.

Unlike the average fan, I’ve taken the time to learn the rules.  I can almost bet that I’m one of the few people who have actually read the rule book and have a copy of it available at any time.  I pay attention at the games, I know what’s going on, and if somebody has a question and I don’t know the answer immediately, I usually know where to find it. 

The first few years of being RG, I didn’t admit that to people.  I didn’t want people to know because I get judged enough just on being Stacy Brooks.  But then I decided to embrace it, after all, it’s part of who I am.  So, I put my name on my Rockets sweater, and that was mostly because people used to get confused between me and hockey_girl, so this way they knew who was who.  Since then, there’s a lot of times when I’m wearing my sweater, whether at home or at an away game, and I’ll be walking around the arena and I’ll hear people behind me whisper, ‘That’s RocketGirl’, or they outright ask me.  And when I go out of Conference and meet people, my first question is, have you heard of RocketGirl, and the response is usually yes, in which I inform them, that’s me.

 

7. How did you get started with the blog?

Last season I got private messages on both the Western and Shoe forums from Kevin Legros, the site admin, explaining that he was changing the format of Local Sports Report, the host of the Golden Horseshoe forum, into blogs and asked if I wanted to be part of it.  With the opportunity to get my name out there even more and to get people to listen to my ideas, you bet I jumped at it.  Not that he’s ever said it to me, but I’ve been told by others that my Dad thinks I should try to get a position within the OHA, like Karen Phibbs.  She used to be part of the St. Thomas Stars and worked her way up to be on the Western League Board, then the OHA Board, and is now on the Hockey Canada Board of Directors.

Last season my blog was strictly about the Western Conference.  I could have just done it about the Rockets, but decided to challenge myself and make it Conference wide.  This season, the format of the blogs changed yet again and it was decided that I would be the blog manager for the GOJHL blog and try to recruit people to cover the Shoe and the Mid-West.  

 

8. What do you like to do outside of the rink?

Well, I work a full time, 40 hour a week job.  I also have the blog which takes up a lot of my time.  I also go to the gym a couple days a week, in the summers I watch baseball, and there’s the standard getting together with my friends.

 

9. Favourite Rocket/hockey memory

I have 20 seasons of Rockets memories, I can’t pick just one.  First would be watching the team win the Western League championship in 1997 and drinking from the Cup.  There’s the yelling match with Matt Pereira in Sarnia.  Hey HG, do you remember that?  Watching my boys come back from being down 3-1 in the series against Sarnia to win the Western League title again in 2007.  My 3-hour bonding experience in Chatham hospital with 1 of my boys a couple years ago.  In general, watching the veterans come back, seeing the rookies come in, and at the end of a season, watching those move on to bigger and better things.

There’s been a lot of memories and I’m not done yet.  I’m sure there are some that are hoping for it, but RG isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  My personal hope with this blog is that it gets noticed and I get the opportunity to work with the GOJHL in an official capacity, or even the OHA one day.  My season goal is to make it on the radio, so if any of you are radio broadcasters and would like an interview with RG, let me know.

 

So there you have 9 questions and answers about me.  If you have any other questions, feel free to comment below, or email me at s_rockets@hotmail.com.  Or, if you happen to see me at a game, come by and say hi.  

You all know that I am a die-hard Rockets fan, but I am also a die-hard GOJHL fan, having been watching Jr. B hockey since I was 10 years old. I will only watch the GOJHL and during the hockey season, you never know what arena RG is gonna show up at.

I’m bringing you the games, news, and updates of the GOJHL.

RG is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheRocketGirl16 and you can find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheRocketGirl16

If you hear of anything about any of the teams in the GOJHL, or have questions about anything, feel free to post it. If I don’t know the answer, I know how to find it.

2 Comments

  1. RocketGirl

    September 9, 2014 at 10:42 am

    You are correct. I won the Rockets Volunteer of the Year award for the 2002-2003 season. That was my last year of high school, before I went off to college, and I worked my butt off for that award. If you or Shelley needed help, I did it. That was the year I ran the website, I did fundraising in the summer for that season, I helped in the Rocket Roost, I think I even sold 50/50. I was determined to win that award, and I did.

  2. David Honsberger

    David Honsberger

    September 9, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Stacy is far too modest. She did neglect to tell us that she was the winner of the Strathroy Rockets’ most important award, the Stuart Bolton Memorial Award as Strathroy Rocket Volunteer of the Year. That I know as I was serving as president at the time. Stacy was an incredibly hard-working volunteer. She assisted myself and the organization in many ways. Her work was always done in an exemplary and professional fashion. I was very fortunate to have such a dedicated volunteer during my tenure as president. I am sure that this blog will soon become an important and focal point for the GOJHL.

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