Rick Odria

Rick Odria is a player for Central America (Men’s Division). Learn more about him below.

Your Full Name:

Rick Odria

Name of your last team / Level / Number / Position:

The last competitive team I played for was the Mentor Ice Breakers in the FPHL. Currently playing adult league for the infamous Snipers Organization out of Pines Ice Arena as well as Team Central America. I’m a goalie, and number 34.

How did you find out or get involved with Central America Ice Hockey and how did that all start?

The Latam Cup tournament that we participate in every year just happens to be held at one of my local arenas. I noticed that Central America had a team and had always dreamed of representing my heritage playing the sport I love, so I reached out to see if I could get involved and luckily it worked out.

Hockey Nickname(s):

Ricky O!

What’s your earliest hockey memory and what got you into hockey?

I got into hockey because of the Florida Panthers first couple of successful seasons in the 90s. I think I mostly noticed the gear at first and said I want to wear that stuff, especially the goalie gear. I loved John Vanbiesbrouck’s Panthers mask, still one of my favorites to date. And then my earliest hockey memory would be getting my first set of “goalie gear” when I was maybe 7 or 8 for Christmas. It was just street hockey gear, but I absolutely loved it and got fully dressed all the time in the living room just to dive and slide around.

When did you fall in love with playing hockey?

I first fell in love with playing hockey and the goalie position specifically after our goalie didn’t show up for one of my roller hockey games. I had been a forward up until that point and our coach asked if anyone wanted to fill in for goalie, so I figured I’d give it a shot since I had always wanted to try. I don’t remember much of the game but we ended up winning and my coach didn’t let me go back to forward after that. From that game on, I fully embraced being a goalie and have loved every moment of playing.

What do you love most about hockey?

One of the main things I love about hockey is the camaraderie which of course is an aspect of any team sport. The bonds I’ve formed, the friendships I’ve made over the years, the memories of the insane victories and the heartbreaking losses, the time spent just hanging out in our apartments after practice. I cherish those and will forever be grateful to the sport for allowing me to experience so much with so many incredible people. But also, goaltending specifically is unique in the fact that you’re part of the team, but you’re also in your own world a lot of the time. I’m very much in my head and reserved in general, so I love that I’m able to do my own thing and be alone with my processes and thoughts while doing whatever I can do to help the team succeed. I also personally really love that the sport has allowed me the opportunity to travel and see places I wouldn’t normally have gone to if it wasn’t for hockey.

If you could change one rule in hockey what would you change?

It doesn’t really affect me at the level I play, but I’d like the NHL to get rid of the trapezoid. Let the goalie go in the corner to get the puck if they want, shake things up!

What’s your go-to pregame music choice?

I like anything dance/house in the locker room before the game, but when I was playing competitively, I actually used to listen to some chill lofi and jazz piano in headphones to get me a little more relaxed and focused right before heading out.

Do you have any pre game rituals?

Nothing too serious pre-game other than putting all my gear on left first. During the game, I do have a few things I do like a post tap sequence before the puck drop every period, and a skate to the right faceoff circle between whistles.

Favorite meal (pre-game and just favorite all around)?

All around it would have to be any type of sushi, but also Asian cuisine in general. Pre-game I like to keep it light, normally a salad or wrap of some kind.

Favorite Hockey Movie?

MVP: Most Valuable Primate

Fave Non-Hockey movie?

Airbud: Golden Receiver

Favorite NHL Team?

Panthers with the Golden Knights a close second.

Favorite NHL Player?

Marc-Andre Fleury

Favorite city to travel to?

San Diego/Southern California

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received from a coach?

Don’t add any more pressure on yourself than you need to, just enjoy the process. I also had the word “rabota” ingrained in me when I was training with the Galchenyuks for a couple summers which means “work” in Russian. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

What are words you live by (favorite slogan):

Risk something or forever sit with your dreams.

Is there anything else you want people to know about you? Any fun hobbies, unique experiences, or amazing awards you’ve won?

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to play and train with some extremely talented top level players and coaches including guys like Adam Oates, Luongo, Ovechkin, etc. but a truly incredible experience was getting to play in the NHL All-Star weekend alumni game last year in front of a sold out crowd. Ended up winning the game and even got to keep the jersey. Definitely a memory I’ll hold on to for a long time.