Anchorage hockey's 'Horseman' back in the saddle
Bobby Hill is a pretty well-known guy in Anchorage.
In August he was honored with a legislative citation for 20 years of service as Bartlett High School's football manager. He's also a power-lifter who has won numerous Special Olympics medals and served as an ambassador for the Eagle River Hockey League.
But in the world of Anchorage sports fandom, Bobby might be best known for earning a spot in the Alaska Aces Hall of Fame as "The Horseman."
Before Friday night's exhibition game with Simon Fraser University, the University of Alaska Anchorage hockey program reached out to Bobby to see if he'd be willing to bring "The Horseman" back to the Sullivan Arena for Seawolves home games this season. It was an easy decision.
"Bobby's very excited," said his father, Bob Hill.
"The Horseman" started from humble beginnings during Aces home games in about 2000, according to Bobby's father.
"They would play 'The William Tell Overture' at the Sullivan Arena, and Bobby would just stand up in his seat and dance," Bob Hill said. "That was one year. The next year he'd go up and move down three or four rows and dance. And then I think it was the third year he would go back and forth, running around the Sullivan Arena... and then, there was somebody who gave him a stick. And to this day I do not know who gave Bobby the stick."
The rest is history, as Bobby would ride the horse into the Hall of Fame, touching countless hockey fans with his spirit and energy.
Bobby will continue the tradition for the Seawolves, as they embark on their first season with new head coach Matt Curley.
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