#35 - Wesly Weber (Wes)
- Branch Of Service- USMC/LEO (8 years of service)
- Retired or Discharged- Discharged
- Highest Rank Held- Sgt
- Military Job- Infantry/MISO
- Hockey Position- Goalie
- Started Playing Hockey- 2015
- Joined the Tampa Warriors- 2017
What are some of your hockey accomplishments this season? Overall?
This season I reached outside of my comfort zone and have been getting out to play for other teams and at other rinks in the area. I would say, overall my biggest accomplishment is that, in the short time I have been playing I have gone from learning the basics to being a steady player in the upper leagues that I thought I would never be able to play in.
What has drawn you to the Warrior program?
Looking for the connection and brotherhood that I had while in the military is what drew me to the program. From there I was able to see the good that the team has been doing in the community. Between the mission of the team and the bond that is shared, I found myself enjoying spending more and more time with the team and more time helping grow the community.
How has it helped you transition between military and civilian life?
Hockey has given me the outlet that I need. A place where I can leave the world behind and just focus on something that I love. Something that takes my mind to a place where I am at peace. A place where I can let out my frustrations and celebrate small or large victories. Somewhere that when I am done, my mind is clean and spirit is recharged.
What is the most fulfilling part of being a Tampa Warrior?
The most fulfilling part of being a Tampa Warrior is seeing new members getting on the ice and giving it their all. Those who have never played before and those who are just getting back into it all the same. Seeing the collective team building them up and pushing them to do great things on and off the ice. Giving back to our community comes in a close second. The benefit that the team returns to our local community also gives me a sense of pride in my team. Through our service we have dedicated
What advice do you have for other veterans? Or veterans interested in the program?
Take the first step, all you have to do is ask and we will get you linked up with the right people and get you on the ice. Every single one of us started at that first step onto the ice and took that inevitable fall. Each and every single one of us are here to pick you up, have a laugh with you and help you take the remainder of those steps together.