Youth hockey players from all around Trenton knew local travel hockey coach Kurt Montroy from the time they were five years old to the day he died, Dec. 3, 2012. He was 49 years old.
Nearly 40 of Montroy's former players, including his son, Max, 14, are playing in a hockey game to pay tribute to one of Trenton's most beloved coaches.
The game begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the Kennedy Recreation Center.
"Kurt would have liked to see the game and to get all his boys together playing hockey," game organizer Ana Ramsey said.
Ramsey said the game was designed to allow Montroy's former players an opportunity to get involved in a community effort following Montroy's death.
"They really took it hard," Ramsey said.
There is no cost for the event. Game organizers will be collecting donations from spectators and participants to be donated to the Montroy family. Montroy is survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.
Legends 1926 Bar and Grill owners plan to donate a percentage of restaurant sales made between 7 p.m. and midnight to the Montroy family.
Montroy's wife, Rose Montroy, said Kurt grew up playing hockey and loved every minute of coaching.
"(Kurt) was so proud of all of the boys he coached throughout the years," Rose Montroy said. "From our older son Kyle and his teammates to Max and his teammates they all could turn to Kurt at anytime and know that he would lead them the right way."
Rose Montroy said she was overwhlemed and thankful for the outpouring of love from the Trenton community.
"I am so thankful for everything family, friends and the community have done for my immediate family, from the day Kurt went in the hospital," Rose Montroy said. "It is mind boggling. I only hope that I can pay it forward from now on."
Contact Ana Ramsey firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about the hockey game and to donate to the Montroy family.