Maybe you can't skate. Or you have cement hands. Or the hockey sense of a mule.

Whatever the case, you've given up on playing in the NHL. But that doesn't mean you have to give up on your hockey dreams. Plenty of fans have transitioned from being on-ice failures to off-ice successes performing a variety of tasks in and around the league. And in this occasional series, we're going to introduce you to some of them.

First up, Michael Gruber. The 30-year-old Dallas native is about to enter his third season in his part-time role as Music Director for the Stars. It's his job to play the songs that pump up the crowd at the American Airlines Center. It's a pretty sweet gig, and he took a unique route to get there.