The Stelter Family is welcoming the hockey community to celebrate the life of their late son, Ben.
In a tweet Sunday night, Ben’s father, Mike, shared an obituary for his late son that included information about a celebration of life that can be live streamed. The celebration takes place Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. MST.
“Ben was an absolute joy and the brightest light in this world,” his obituary read. “His love knew no bounds and his giggle and smile lit up the world. He was an absolute warrior during his fight and is a true hero.”
An outpouring of love and support has come the way of the Stelter family since Ben’s passing earlier in the week. Teams across the league and fans around the world have sent well wishes the way of Ben and his family.
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“I’m always going to think about him after a win,” said Oilers captain Connor McDavid earlier in the week. “There’s that video of him saying ‘Play La Bamba, baby’ I think that’s when I’m going to think about him.”
“It’s something I certainly won’t forget. He was an amazing little guy who lit up every single room he was in. He certainly lit up our room when he came in there. Obviously, a terrible day and we’re thinking about the entire Stelter family.”
Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft called Ben a “bright light.”
“In my time over the last few months of getting to know Ben, I was greatly impressed with the courage of a young man who defined what a bright light was,” he said.
“Not only did he walk into our dressing room and our arena and light up our team, he lit up our fan base. As a father myself I get to see the impact that pro athletes have on children, but what I found really interesting about our time with Ben was the impact a child had on our team, organization, and city. I’m thankful to have gotten to know him. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family.”
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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]