"The Equipment Guys"
Get to know the guys who keep the 'Caps machine running smoothly. Ed Georgica and Andrew Lichtenfels are two men with an attention to detail.
An East Vancouver native, Georgica began his career in professional sports with the BC Lions back in 1980. After the Grey Cup win in 1985, Georgica moved into hockey as the Equipment Assistant with the Vancouver Canucks for six years and then moved to the Ottawa Senators for their inaugural year as the Head Equipment Manager, where he contributed in this role for over 10 years.
On the international stage, Georgica worked for Canada men's hockey team at the 1993 and 1996 IIHF World Championships, resulting in a silver medal win. He was then selected to represent the world team in the 2000 NHL All Star game in Toronto. Georgica served four years on the executive board for the Society for Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM), with one year in the role of President. In 2001, Georgica was the recipient of the Larry Ashley Award presented to the trainer that best exemplifies the character and commitment to excellence displayed by Ashley throughout his career.
In 2002, Georgica made a change from hockey and moved to back to the West Coast where he enjoyed sports consulting for two major motion movies and then pursued a business opportunity as a partner in a company that patented a unique technology for a compression garment. Five years later, a licensing deal was finalized with a global performance sports apparel leader and this technology is now global and in multiple products. As Georgica steps into the role of Head Equipment, Logistic & Facilities Manager for Whitecaps FC, he looks forward to the challenge that comes with crossing over to soccer and working with the franchise to support the team through a successful and high impact inaugural year. Georgica¹s primary residence is on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, BC, with his wife, Deana and their four children: Jenessa, Sarah, Alex and Taylor.
Andrew Lichtenfels was born and raised in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Then moved to Northern California in his late teens. He grew up playing numerous typical English sports and various musical instruments such as; rugby, cricket, golf, tennis, piano, saxophone, trumpet. Soccer was always his biggest passion, being an avid Blackburn Rovers FC fan since he can remember, with Alan Shearer being his all-time favourite player. "Nine is my favorite number, and the '94-'95 season is one of my best memories to date. Which will hopefully be eclipsed by what the Whitecaps will be able to achieve during my time with the club."
After graduating from Davis Senior High School in California, he went onto university at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where he studied for a double major in political science and North American history with a minor in English literature. While attending StFX, he was heavily involved in X-Athletics, where he discovered his passion for equipment managing. First of all with the X-Men hockey team for three seasons, and then moving on to X-Men soccer for a few more years after that. "Working within the athletics department environment at StFX helped me build my abilities to where moving towards the professional level was as smooth a transition as possible."
Lichtenfels was hired by Whitecaps FC in January 2011, just before the preseason started. He says he hit the ground running, quite literally. "I went straight to work from the airport and loved it!!"
"Ever since then, the challenges that have presented themselves have been constantly fun, ever changing and always a test. I couldn't think of doing anything else. With the experiences I've had through my years, and the ones I will be gaining in the future. It will undoubtedly be a constant reminder how much I love what I do."
Whitecaps FC 2012 Major League Soccer season tickets start at $329, plus applicable tax and a $10 processing fee per order. To secure a seat and for additional information about Whitecaps FC MLS season tickets, including loge seats andsuites, call 604.669.9283 or visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.