Fabulous People: Freddie Knipscheer

Freddie Knipscheer is a former professional hockey player for the Boston Bruins (and locally for the Phoenix Roadrunners) and is now a restaurateur. “I am a retired NHL hockey player who is now a restaurateur seeking my next adventure.” Learn about Freddie Knipscheer…

Follow at: @freddieknipscheer

Hometown: Carmel, Indiana

First job: McDonald’s

Favorite ways to spend your free time in AZ: I love playing sports and being outdoors. Arizona offers so many hiking, paddle boarding, golf and pickleball opportunities. 

Your biggest accomplishment and why: My kids. They are both kind, motivated young adults. 

The biggest obstacle you overcame: Moving to Arizona only knowing two people and starting a new life. 

Someone who inspires you and why: My dad. I watched him battle cancer for one and a half years, and he smiled through it all. His courage while knowing he was going to die is something I will never forget. 

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Be humble, listen and learn everything you can. There are many different ways to be successful. My career as a restaurateur and general manager at Pier 48 in Indianapolis taught me these lessons and allowed me to broaden my career path beyond professional sports. 

Favorite quote: “Your greatest strength is oftentimes your greatest weakness.” —William Shakespeare

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I played professional hockey for several professional teams — most famously for the Boston Bruins and locally for the Phoenix Roadrunners from 1996 to 1997. 

What makes someone fabulous: Their character. 

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