Joe Day was born in Blue Island, Illinois on May 11, 1968. He grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and played his youth hockey with the Arlington Heights Rangers, Chicago Minor Hawks, and Chicago Young Americans. He attended Lake Zurich High School from 1982-1985 and St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, Canada 1985-1986. Joe then went on to play four years of Division I college hockey at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where he graduated with a history degree in 1990. While at St. Lawrence, Joe played on two E.C.A.C Championship teams (1988, 1989) and was a member of the 1988 Frozen Four Team that lost in overtime in the N.C.A.A. finals. Joe served as captain his senior season and was 2nd team All-Conference 1989-1990. Joe finished his collegiate career as the 5th leading scorer in St. Lawrence history and was team MVP both his junior and senior seasons. Joe also represented his country in the 1988 World Junior Championships in Moscow, Russia.
Upon graduation from St. Lawrence, Joe turned pro with the Hartford Whalers organization which drafted him in the 9th round in 1987. He spent eight years as a professional hockey player in the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, and International Hockey League. During that time he captained three different teams, served as an Executive Committee Member of the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, and was a member of the 1991 Springfield Indians American Hockey League Calder Cup Championship Team. He also won numerous awards including Team MVP, Most Inspirational, and Unsung Hero.
Joe transitioned from professional hockey into the business world working in sales, sports marketing, corporate real estate, and education. Building upon this experience, in 2006 Joe co-founded Pondera Advisors – a leadership and management consulting firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he now lives with his wife Angie and two boys, Nicholas (9) and Luke (6).
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