Photo of Greg Hay

Greg HayGreg Hay

Photo of Greg Hay
School: Madison Graduation Year: 1976

Year Inducted: 2013

Sports Played: Football, Basketball

High School Honors: Football: 3-year letter winner; 1st Team All-PIL as a Senior; National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete as a Senior. Baseball: 3-year letter winner; 1st Team All-PIL as a Sophomore, Junior and Senior; 2nd Team All-State as a Senior.

Post High School Career: Attended college at Michigan Tech; 4-year Varsity Division 1 Hockey Team Captain 1979-80; 1978 National Sports Festival Training Camp for 1980 USA Olympic Gold Medal Team; drafted by the NHL New York Islanders in 1978. Coach of the Portland Amateur Hockey Association’s Midget ‘A’ Hockey team for 6 years; participated in National Championship in 1987 and 1988.

Commentary:

Madison coaches stressed teamwork and hard work to be successful in athletics and in life. These values have resulted in many personal relationships with coaches and fellow athletes that have lasted well after our playing days.

When I became a hockey coach in Portland amateur hockey, it was more important to stress to the kids how to be an outstanding teammate, how to support each other and hopefully win; but win or lose, how to have fun and enjoy the game while learning to work together. I wanted to impart the desire to be a better person as they grow up, treat others right, do the right thing. I learned these ethics not only from my own playing experience, but also from my mentor — my dad, Jim Hay (former Portland Buckeroo) — whom I watched and idolized my whole life. His work ethic and family values — whether while playing professional sports, or working his off season jobs —played a huge role in the person I’ve become. My wife thanks him every day!

After hockey, I began a career in retail management with Meier & Frank, which lasted over 24 years. I now am the General Manager of retail shops at the Portland Airport. Golf is my favorite form of competition today.

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