When asked the question “what would be the perfect job for a hockey player?” only one place comes to mind; Gongshow Hockey Apparel. To get the inside scoop about what it’s really like to work for the best hockey clothing line in North America, I sat down with social media guru and model Joey House. House has been an employee at Gonshow for quite some time; putting in 4 years of warehouse labour before getting into the social media side of the company. This year the company is coming up on its 15th birthday and House claims some big celebrations are in store. House as social media guru, works on reviewing old posts, reading customer reviews, posting “Fan Photo Friday”, follows the social media hashtag #Gongshow amongst other things all while running social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. Overall social media platforms the company is running over 400,000 followers from around the world and is only expecting to get better. The company is constantly shipping out their products with #BeautyService. House claims he has a great deal of responsibility but absolutely loves it and claims no negatives.
Imagine walking into a fun and energetic offices of a bunch of former Jr A or higher hockey players and calling them your coworkers; House gets to do this on a daily basis. He claims work is always a fun and exciting environment. When asked about the work place atmosphere the first thing to come out of his mouth was “great vibe that feels like family”. But if you didn’t think it could get any better the office takes regular post work Friday trips for beers. The best part about being a hockey player and working at Gongshow is getting involved with what you love. You get the gear, team get togethers, celebrity drop ins and more. House shared a few team get togethers they have done recently such as getting a premiere viewing of the new movie GOON 2. House told stories of NHL games, players coming into the office and even a few weeks ago when the office when axe throwing. We all know every hockey player wants this job at this point, House recommends just being yourself, bringing a positive attitude, hockey knowledge and good communication skills. He claims “if you can’t have fun, this isn’t the place for you”.
Joey took a Marketing program at local college in Ottawa, ON after giving up his Junior A hockey career. House claims at some point he had to make a choice, playing pro overseas or getting an education and after much thought he accepted his offer to Algonquin and began working at Gongshow. He said having the opportunity to work there is incredible and I can only imagine he loves what he does. Gongshow is an active sponsor at 4 on 4 summer tournament across Canada. And if you haven’t heard of this I suggest you look right away to www.playon.ca. Gongshow sets up shop at all PlayOn locations selling their gear plus PlayOn custom shirts, hats and women’s tanks. House may have even leaked the idea that Gongshow will SAUCE some nice prizes to the top team of the tournament. The tournament is absolutely amazing and is highly recommended to participate.
After sitting down and discussing it’s evident to see how truly amazing this job is for hockey players. With a company so focused to the sport and so know world wide, who wouldn’t love to be a part of such an unique and fun company. Joey was so enthusiastic with our interview and had so much to share with me about the perfect job for hockey players. Gongshow allowed for a lot of personal growth in his life, gave him great responsibility with taking part in focus groups to improve the company and being in charge of one of the company’s most important outlets. However, Joey claims how rewarding it truly is to work for such an outstanding company. From Joey’s modeling days, he has been recognized around Ottawa - which didn’t come as a shock to him being a local. Joey did claim that the real shock came when he was on vacation in Mexico and was recognized, “it’s a great feeling knowing the company reaches this far”. Joey explained to me all the ins and outs of his job and shared many stories with me as to why he loves the job as much as he does, and when I asked him to explain his job in just one sentence all he could form was “it’s a grind that never stops”.
Thank you again to Joey House for sitting down with me for this article.