This story was first written and published on Vegashockey.com in 2006. Anthony’s original famous #96 UNLV jersey is mounted high on the south wall of the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive, Las Vegas. Anthony is the head coach of the UNLV Rebels, a ACHA West Top 10 rated power.
Anthony Greener, one of all-time goal scorers for the UNLV Rebels, got to the top the hard way. He was only 14 when he played for the Las Vegas Rattlers Jr. B, then played about a half a season with Pete Ricciardo’s AA Las Vegas Flames midget majors when tragedy struck. Anthony, in his family car with his mother, was seriously injured when the car was struck. He had what he described as a “shattered hip.” He was in a wheelchair for months, then went into therapy for more months before, at last, he returned to the ice for coach Rob Pallin’s AA Las Vegas Rebels midget major team. From there, Anthony became a star goal scorer with over 100 goals for the UNLV Rebels college hockey team. Anthony skated hard – all 5’8, 175 pounds of him. Birthdate: Nov 2, 1985. As a Rebel, he played with an edge to his game and was always a fan favorite – Lee
“…..I was 9 years old and I played for the Las Vegas Flames at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. My first coach was Earl Brady.”
“…..The same season, when I was 9. I scored that season but…let me think…I’m not sure what kind of shot, probably a breakaway so put that down.”
FAVORITE JERSEY NUMBER AND WHY
“….#96 because that was the year I got serious about hockey. I stopped playing other sports like baseball and dedicated myself to hockey.
“…..I really enjoyed skating with Conrad Trimbath and Kurt Long while with the Las Vegas Rebels midget team. We worked well together – Conrad was a great passer who got the puck to me; Kurt was a big man in front of the net. Everything just seemed to work with us….”
“…..In the Pacific District championships with the Las Vegas Rebels we won our first four games, got to the Final Four and took on Kent Valley in a real big playoff game.”
“…..I was playing for the Las Vegas Rattlers Jr. B and got the game-winner against the San Diego Jr. Surf.
BEST HOCKEY MEMORY
“…..The season I played for coach Rob Pallin with the Rebels. I really learned a lot about the game from him.
SOMETHING I DO BEFORE EVERY GAME
“…..I tap my chest, point to the sky – I do it before every game.
“…..Rob Pallin – he’s the best.”
BEST ARENA TO PLAY IN
“….I always liked playing over at the Santa Fe (Las Vegas). We always had great, hard ice there and we had good skates there.