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Hockey Trophy Awarded In Memory Of 17-Yr.-Old Who Died On Boxing Day

They stood in silence, remembering a moment they may never be able to forget.

It’s hard to believe they’d just won a hockey championship.

But the celebration of victory for the biggest game of their lives was overshadowed at Canlan Ice Sports near Markham and Steeles Thursday.

Everyone there was thinking of young Alex Corrance.

He’s the 17-year-old who collapsed and died on Boxing Day after suffering what the coroner now confirms was an undetected cardiac problem – and not because he was playing the game he loved.

His team, the Mississauga Rebels, withdrew from the contest out of respect to their lost friend. But his spirit lives on – the trophy has been named in his honour.

“It’s nice,” Sean Maloney concludes. “It’d be nice if it didn’t happen but this is a nice memento.”

“It’s tragic,” agrees Robert Nash. “I feel bad for the family and the team.”
 
“It could happen to anybody, to me, to any of the players,” Greg Waller admits.

Alex’s funeral will be held on Friday. It will give his teammates one last chance to salute their fallen friend until next year, when another team wins the trophy that will forever bear his name.

To sign a book of condolence for the family, click here.