Timmons Brings Maturity To Young A's Team
Timmons, at 29-years-of-age, is at least six years older than all of his New York Aviators teammates. As for the big team, he has been there, done that, and likes it just fine playing at Aviator Sports in Brooklyn alongside line-mates who could be his younger brothers.
"I love it here, playing with these guys," Timmons says. "I wanted to live in New York and to work here, and this new professional league gives me the best of everything."
Timmons, who is from Victoria, Brit - ish Columbia, first found the city when he was playing with the AHL's Her - shey Bears, a high minor league team affiliated with the NHL's Color ado Avalanche.
Timmons was drafted out of the Canadian junior leagues in the fifth round of the 1988 league entry draft.
Considered by many to be a defenseminded forward, Timmons spent three years at Hershey, only one step from the big league.
Perhaps realizing that he was not destined for a shot at the big team, Tim mons moved to Europe, where he played for teams in England and Holland, playing respectably, but not well enough to warrant a shot at the NHL.
That's when he decided that he had enough of hockey.
He moved to New York City and got a job at a recording studio in Man - hattan.
"I had just about given up on playing professional hockey again, until I got an email from my dad in Canada, tell - ing me about the new hockey league, the NEPHL that had a team in Brook - lyn, he said. "I found out that the team was holding an open tryout, and here I am."
He says that life it great. He lives in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn, works in Manhattan and spends his nights and weekends playing hockey for the Avi - ators.
"This is the most fun I have had in a long time," he said. "I love the intensity of the young kids. I used to be that way."
He regularly plays on a line with Mike Christensen and Jess Felten, two favorites who are back from last year's Brooklyn Aces, the former team that played at Aviator until the league folded at the end of the last season.
Both of those players are nearly a decade younger than Timmons.
Timmons quickly became a team leader and was recently named assistant captain by head coach Rob Miller.
"I'll stay here in Brooklyn forever," he said. "I just hope that the league keeps playing here at Aviator."
Sources say that the new league is close to merging with the older All- American Hockey League, which has six teams playing in the Chicago, Illinois area.
At least two of the teams from that league will soon come to Brooklyn to play against the Aviators.
Next year, sources say, a New Jersey team will join with the Aviators, the Connecticut C-Men and the Rhode Island Storm to form an eastern division for the AAHL. Then, the league will play an integrated schedule, with the eastern teams making a western swing and the middle-westerners coming to Brooklyn on a regular schedule.
"That should be exciting, and great for the team," Timmons said. "I'm look-