Hockey has been an important part of Brandon Turer’s life. Turer grew up playing the game, competed in junior hockey and played throughout his time at MSOE. Now, he gets to enjoy working around the highest level of hockey play in the world.
Turer is a hockey operations assistant for the Vegas Golden Knights in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Golden Knights are located in Las Vegas, Nevada and are only in their sixth year in the NHL. This season Turer got to experience the excitement and success of a championship run as for the first time in their franchise history, the organization won the Stanley Cup.
“It was very special to be a part of,” said Turer. “The team means so much to the city. There are tons of people who have a deep connection to the team as they were the first major professional sports team in Las Vegas.”
Playoff hockey and hosting the Stanley Cup makes for a very fun and unique work atmosphere for Turer, but in his role a typical day in the office includes working home games to record video for his department. Nevertheless, the atmosphere of a playoff professional sports arena was something special to experience.
“It is the loudest sports arena I have ever been in. During the Stanley Cup, even the practice arena was sold out at least an hour before practices with a huge line waiting outside hoping to get in.”
Of course, no sports championship is complete without a massive celebration parade, which Turer got to be a part of.
“There were about 200,000 people along the parade route, and I got to experience this with all my coworkers. Seeing the pure joy from everyone was surreal and shows the power a sports team can have on a city.”
Turer graduated from MSOE in 2022 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Balancing hockey along with his classes and internships during college has helped him find success in his career.
“The skills I developed from my time at MSOE with academics and hockey have been helpful in my job. Skills like time management, discipline and being detail-oriented are very important in my role and with balancing life outside of work.”
While at MSOE, Turer received great support from his professors and coaches who were always willing to go the extra mile to help, both inside and outside of the classroom and the ice rink. Being able to form those relationships became key in his hiring process but also in his ability to form relationships in the workplace.
“Coach Johnson was one of my references during my hiring process and was a big reason I got the job. I want to thank all the professors and coaches, specifically Coach Johnson, who all had a role in helping me get to where I am today.”
When he’s not working, Turer enjoys traveling, golfing, exercising and reading.