Pond Hockey & Portland Eating #282

There is great value in building things that give pleasure to others. For the past five years, Patrick Guerette has been the tournament director of the Maine Pond Hockey Classic, bringing players like South Portland firefighter Joshua Perry to central Maine. Portland restaurateur and artist Jay Villani opened his first eatery, Local 188, 18 years ago, and now has three more. Maine is a happier place as a result of their efforts.


Patrick Guerette and Josh Perry

Patrick Guerette is the tournament director of Maine Pond Hockey Classic and senior program director at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville. He grew up in central Maine and attended the University of Maine for his undergraduate and graduate degrees in education. He ran track and cross country at college, but didn’t play organize hockey until tenth grade. Patrick regularly plays hockey, basketball, and flag football, and occasionally runs triathlons and plays volleyball and soccer. He lives in Sidney with his wife, Kristina, and nine-month-old son, Hudson.

Joshua Perry is a firefighter and paramedic for the South Portland Fire Department. He is the captain of two South Portland Fire Department hockey teams playing at the Maine Pond Hockey Classic in Sidney. He lives in Topsham with his wife, Jessie, and son, Wyler.