West Michigan lost a tremendous soul this week. Alex Klekotka passed away Dec.18th in his sleep.
Alex played for the Michigan Nationals and was instrumental in building the program which eventually turned into Fox Motors. He was a Captain on the first West Michigan team to win a State Championship at the AAA level.
I had the tremendous honor to coach Alex for the Holland Ice Dogs and then the Michigan Nationals. He was an outstanding player, leader, and teammate. His passion for the sport of hockey was unmatched. His competitiveness and drive was second to none. Everywhere he went he was a leader and commanded the respect of his team.
As great of a player as Alex was, he was an even better person. Confident, engaging, well beyond his years. I had the pleasure to drive a group of boys home from practice for many years. To hear them talk and tell stories in the back of the car was an absolute pleasure.
To hear them talk and dream made the 35 minute drive feel like 10.
Alex was usually leading the story telling.
In sports people refer to the great ones as having “It”. You can’t really describe that word “it” because it entails so much. Alex was a great player but if I described him as a person I would say he had “It”. He was a special one. Everything about him was right. Ive talked to many people these last few days and its all the same, “greatest kid ever” is repeated over and over. When I think of players that impacted me in 16 years of coaching his name comes right to my mind.
I will never forget winning the State Tournament as Midget Minors in 6 overtimes. When the game ended at 1:10am he came to me and hugged me and said "we did it.”
I will cherish that moment forever.
I say to you Alex “you did it” everyday of your life. As a son, brother, person and teammate, you carried yourself in a way that was just different. I will never forget you, I will tell stories about you. You had “It” and showed it everyday.
Coach Travis Richards
2010 Girls 10U Red MAHA State Champions
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Every year during the month of February, Southside Ice Arena and Fox Motors Hockey club partner with the Purple Community to raise awareness, support, and fundraising for the Van Andel Institute's fight against cancer. At each Hockey Fights Cancer purple game, our players skate for their loved ones who have survived, are fighting, or have lost their fight to Cancer.
We are proud to share that since 2016, we have fundraised over $192,000! We are so proud to partner with such an amazing community and come together off-the ice for a great cause.
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