I hope it’s alright to post this story in this sub, but I just had such a great thing happen. I recently moved to Torrance (Los Angeles) and was looking for a coffee shop. I find this place on Yelp called Marsatta Chocolate, and it has close to a 5-star rating so I decide to go.
So I go to the center where it’s located and end up walking in circles looking for it. Turns out the center is under construction so it’s hard to find. I end up getting coffee at the 7-11 across from the center. As I’m walking back I see the shop. I step in and tell him what happened. Then I see his young daughter playing with a hockey stick and I mentioned that I’m going to the Ducks game tonight. He said that he is going as well. So I ended up sitting down and talking hockey for about an hour-and-a-half while the NHL Network was on in the background.
Turns out he was a professional linesman for years. I mentioned watching the Bob Probert documentary and he said he broke up Probert’s first fight. Then we ended up talking about all sorts of players through the years. Great guy, great conversation, great chocolate. (He makes the chocolate himself.) He said that he was kicked out of his old business location because his kids were playing hockey in the parking lot, and now business has been down 95% at the new building since the remodel and he has to work a side job to support his five kids and keep them in hockey. ESPN has a story about his family. Sounds like a great dad that just wants to support his wife and kids. His wife Naomi is super nice as well.
I’m glad I discovered this shop today. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, stop by, talk some hockey and show some support! He would love it. Really small world we live in.