Rep. Pete Stauber took time to honor retiring North Shore and Silver Bay hockey coach Mike Guzzo on the floor of U.S. House of Representatives.

In a short speech Friday, March 8, on the House floor, Stauber recognized Guzzo for his commitment to teaching the game of hockey and his impact on young people across northern Minnesota.

"Mike spent over 30 years coaching the great game of hockey in the great state of hockey," Stauber said in the speech. "At the end of this season, Mike hung up his skates and whistle and retired. When asked what he would miss most, Mike said it would be his players ... Coach Guzzo, I thank you for serving as a role model to these athletes both on and off the ice."

Guzzo began coaching in Silver Bay in 1987, spending 23 years as the Silver Bay boys coach, five as the girls coach and the last five years as coach of the North Shore Storm.

He led the Silver Bay boys to the state tournament in 1999 and the Silver Bay girls were on the doorstep of a state tournament berth before losing to Chisago Lakes in triple overtime in 2012.

Guzzo is also retiring as the Mariner softball coach at the end of their season and as Silver Bay's recreation director this summer.