It is with heavy hearts that the Portage Terriers announce the passing of Trainer/Equipment Manager Geno Romanow.
It is tough to describe just how valuable Geno has been to the Terrier organization since he started with the team as equipment manager in the late 70’s. He was someone who could instantly relate to junior hockey players and was the kind of guy that players bonded with. I think it kept him young. Countless relationships were formed over the years as good natured banter was sent back and forth. Geno could give it as well as he could take it. Everyone knew though at the end of the day he had the players best interests at heart and their skates would be sharpened, and jersey would be washed for the next day. Many hours were spent at the rink taking care of the needs of the team.
Hard work is a foundational pillar of the Portage Terriers and it’s something that Geno embodied with his 40+ years of dedication. The team named the year end award of dedication after him a few seasons ago.
Geno will be forever missed by the Terriers and the lives that he touched.
Rest in Peace
~ The Portage Terriers Board and Staff
Memories of Geno
Geno told me he was going to stay for 1 year when we moved to Stride Place .. then he said he was only going to stay for the RBC in 2015 and again when we were to host the Centennial Cup this year. I spoke to him a couple weeks ago and he was planning on returning for the upcoming season.
His dedication, knowledge and Grandfather presence was very valuable to our team’s success over the years. It’s a sad day for Portage Terrier Hockey. He will be missed.
~ Blake Spiller
I met Geno when I started broadcasting for the Terriers in 2010. He always made me feel welcome and as I got to know him I would often come early to chat before we loaded the bus. He always made time for me and once he knew that I was collecting pucks from every team he started giving me pucks whenever he could. He also saved me National Championship patches and other mementos. When I took over the position as marketing director I looked forward to getting to chat with him more around the rink. He is missed.
~ Cody Buhler