Kevin Diamond Jr. now calls Newport Beach, California his second home.
But on Tuesday night, he felt a piece of his first home all the way across the country.
Diamond's hometown Flyers visited Anaheim, California, where he's now the ice operations manager at Honda Center for the Ducks. The Folsom, Pennsylvania native started the job in August after working 12 years on the Flyers' ice crew alongside his dad, uncle and cousin.
"Tried to challenge myself and create new adventures," Diamond said of the new gig in an interview Monday with Flyers senior director of communications Zack Hill. "There were a lot of challenges. Just a huge move in a short amount of time to get ready for the Ducks' season was a big challenge. We hired a moving company and they picked our stuff up and we went."
He was helping prepare the ice for the Flyers again Tuesday night. The orange and black finished their four-game West Coast road trip against the Ducks with a 4-1 loss.
"I maintain the ice resurfacer and ice equipment," Diamond said. "I take care of the ice daily for the team and visiting teams and other ice events, such as Disney on Ice and Stars on Ice. I'm also a building operations manager and we take care of duties of setting up and taking down for each event in the building."
The 29-year-old graduated from Ridley High School in 2010.
He's no longer home in the Philadelphia area seeing his Flyers. Sunny California will have to do.
"Loving it so far," he said.
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