WATCH ABOVE: The Calgary hockey community has lost one of its most passionate volunteers. Ken Bracko passed away Sunday. Brendan Parker reports.
CALGARY – Ken Bracko, a hero in Calgary’s hockey community, has passed away, according to the Alberta junior hockey Calgary Canucks organization.
In a statement posted to its website on Tuesday afternoon, Canucks President Pat Loyer sent condolences to the Bracko family.
“Ken Bracko was a great man, a man who cared deeply about his family, about people and about the Calgary Canucks,” said the statement from Loyer.
“Ken’s passion and dedication reflected on how he lived his life. Ken will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him and his memory will live on forever.”
Bracko was involved with the team for 30 years and served as president of the Canucks for over two decades. As of June, his position was vice-president of business operations on the board.
The organization said Bracko was “always the first to offer to help whether it be by helping to found the Mac’s Midget Tournament or the Southern Alberta Major Midget Hockey League, by raising the funds to ensure the Calgary Canucks could play or by watering community rinks late at night.”
“I know of no one who has given so much as a volunteer and wanted nothing in return,” said Canucks director and former coach Don Phelps, who said he worked with Bracko for the past 40 years. “He was a true ‘family man’ who impacted many other families. He was the ultimate definition of a volunteer.”
Bracko received the 2014 Sportsman of the Year Award handed out by the Calgary Booster Club. The Calgary Jr. Alberta Canucks will dedicate the 2015-2016 season to his honour and memory.