Monday, March 22, 2010

WHL mourns the loss of former official Kelly Reitenbach

Press Release

Calgary, AB -- The Western Hockey League is mourning the loss of former official Kelly Reitenbach. Reitenbach was tragically killed in an avalanche while snowmobiling near Revelstoke, British Columbia on Friday afternoon.

The former WHL Linesman spent seven years working in the WHL prior to entering into a career in the energy sector in Calgary, Alberta.

“The WHL, our Member Clubs and entire Officiating staff extend our deepest condolences to the Reitenbach family on this tragic loss,” stated WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, “Kelly was very respected by everyone associated with our officiating program and was extremely popular with our staff.”

“Kelly was highly respected amongst his peers both on and off the ice. He was truly a leader and man with exceptional character, who lived everyday with a smile on his face,” commented WHL Director, Officiating Kevin Muench, “He will be missed by his many friends in the officiating community.”

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