Simon Gray Named to World Masters Hockey Executive Board

by USA Field Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Following confirmation by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and World Masters Hockey (WMH) Executive Board, USA Field Hockey is pleased to share that Simon Gray has joined the WMH Executive Board. Headshot of Simon Gray

Gray previously served on the USA Field Hockey Board of Directors as well as the Ethics Committee. His appointment to the WMH Executive Board is not as a representative of the United States, but that of an experienced, field hockey-minded individual that brings immense experience.

“I’m both very honored and excited to have been appointed to the Executive Board of World Masters Hockey and to be able to contribute to the growth and development of Masters Hockey worldwide,” said Gray. “I’ve always been a huge supporter of ‘sport for all’, and being able to promote the game for older athletes is wonderful.”

In addition to his previous involvement, Gray is also a USA Field Hockey accredited Level 2 coach and has previously coached and managed in the former Futures program, as well as the Junior and Senior Men’s National Championships.

He fell in love with field hockey in his early teens after being forced to play rugby at a high school in the United Kingdom that did not offer soccer, his first passion. He went on to play 1st team hockey at high school and college, followed by club hockey in the UK, Hong Kong and United States.

Back in 2011, frustrated at a lack of playing opportunities for the “older” athlete, he co-founded U.S. Masters Hockey with Peter Jones, and organized the U.S. O-45 Men’s Masters Team that played at the inaugural 2012 FIH Masters World Cup in Canterbury, England. Since then, Gray has helped develop U.S. Masters Hockey for both men and women, leading to increased involvement in the worldwide Masters community. He has subsequently played for both the U.S. O-45 and O-50 Men’s Masters Teams, including at the 2016 Masters World Cup in Canberra, Australia.

Spanning across the past 45 years, Gray has proudly played, coached and managed the game, seeking out the sport as his career as a professional civil engineer took him around the world to his current home in Sacramento, Calif., alongside his wife, Angela, and their once-feral cat, Jama.