By @MichaelCaples –
The Michigan youth hockey community has lost a leader today.
Belle Tire director John Kay has passed away.
The leader of the Belle Tire program for nearly two decades helped guide generations of hockey players through the ranks.
He was instrumental in the operations of the Tier 1 state playoffs year after year, as well, hosting the tournaments at the Taylor SportsPlex.
The visitation for Kay will be at Wasik Funeral Home in Shelby Township (49150 Schoenherr Road). Days/times:
- Sunday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Monday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The funeral will be on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the same location.
UPDATE: A GoFundMe account has been created for his family – more info can be found here.
MiHockey will be providing more information as it is received…
Rest in peace grandpa John, I love you💔 https://t.co/HUDbwBR1yu
— Preston Koslakiewicz (@KozPreston) November 17, 2017
Thanks for all you did in my life and the game we all love. I am going to miss talking about the game with you. I love you Dad. Your oldest Son. RIP
— 01metrojrjetselite (@01metrojrjets) November 17, 2017
It’s with a heavy heart to hear that John Kay passed away this morning. Director of Hockey for Belle Tire, a great person and friend to so many people. He will be greatly missed.
— Belle Tire (@belletire19) November 17, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with John Kay and his family on the news of his passing. The youth hockey community will miss you dearly…
— Chicago Mission AAA (@ChicagoMission) November 17, 2017
Thank you John Kay! Your passion and love for the game and players will be missed.
— Jean Laxton (@skaters1) November 17, 2017
— Angelo Ricci (@AngeloRicci16) November 17, 2017
The Detroit Hockey World lost a great ambassador today. My condolences to the family of John Kay & the Belle Tire hockey organization. He will truly be missed. RIP
— Rod Braceful (@HotRod1118) November 17, 2017
Sad news on the passing of a hockey pioneer at Belle Tire. A winner on and off the ice. May John Kay rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/SQ5N8A1ZKq
— 200×85 (@200×85) November 17, 2017
The belletire family sends our condolences to the friends and family of John Kay. Thank you for everything you have done for the entire organization and the players you have influenced
— Belle Tire U16 (@BelleTire_2001) November 17, 2017