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Chris Snow, sportswriter turned NHL exec, dies after ALS battle

Calgary Flames assistant general manager Chris Snow has died at age 42 after a long and public battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The Flames confirmed his death Saturday night.

in a statementThe Flames said, “We join the entire hockey community in mourning the passing of Chris Snow. Even while battling ALS, Chris was dedicated to helping others and he made a difference in the lives of many. .”

Kelsey Snow say on social media Her husband went into cardiac arrest on Tuesday after a lack of oxygen caused catastrophic brain damage, and doctors didn’t expect him to wake up.

On Thursday, Kelsie Snow said tests confirmed her husband would not wake up, adding that he remains on life support while his body is used clinically while an organ donation is arranged test.

“We’re so proud of him,” She posted.

Flames general manager Craig Conroy said Snow never complained or showed that he was having a bad day and continued to perform his job to a high standard.

“Through his journey, Chris became a true inspiration to all who knew him and an incredible advocate for everyone affected by ALS,” Conroy said. “We will never replace people like Chris. man. We just honor him by moving forward with the same passion he brought to life every day.”

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called Snow a “remarkable man who inspired many with his courageous and persistent fight against ALS.”

“Chris is an innovative student of our game with expertise in data analytics,” Bettman said. “He oversaw the creation and buildout of the Flames’ analytics department and has been influential in all aspects of decision-making in the club’s hockey operations.” “First and foremost, however, he was a beloved husband to Kelsey, a devoted father to Cohen and Willa, and a friend to everyone in the hockey community who had the pleasure of knowing him. The Snow family would like to share in the many memories of Chris’ long years Trials and triumphs. The ALS journey has inspired many and profoundly raised awareness of the need to find a cure for this debilitating disease. ”

Toronto general manager Brad Treliving, who worked with Snow in Calgary, said he was shocked by the news to his friend and colleague.

“‘Snow White’ is a true example of strength, courage, perseverance and compassion,” Treliving said. “He was a cherished friend who had a profound impact on our lives. … Chris was an inspiration to us all in his tireless battle with ALS, and he refused to let it define him or destroy his spirit.”

Since Chris was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in June 2019, the Snow family has become a source of hope and inspiration for the hockey community. ALS is a progressive disease that attacks the nerve cells that control muscles throughout the body.

“We can’t express enough the impact Chris has had on our organization, not only with his work but with the leadership and positivity he brings,” the Flames said in a statement Wednesday. “Despite his own challenges, he was a A beacon of inspiration to all of us around him.”

After college, Snow covered the Minnesota Wild for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and then covered his hometown team, the Red Sox, for the Boston Globe from 2005 to 2006. . He developed an interest in analytics and left what many considered a dream job to take a front-office position with the Wild. Prior to joining the Calgary Flames, he served as Director of Hockey Operations for four years. In 2019, he was appointed assistant to the general manager. Snow helped establish the team’s hockey development department.

Since his diagnosis, Snow and his wife, Kelsey, have been very active in raising awareness of ALS and funding for research. Although Snow feared he only had a year to live when he was diagnosed, he and his wife shared numerous posts on social media showing that he maintained an active lifestyle despite facing health scares.

He was hospitalized multiple times and required a ventilator multiple times, but as recently as July this year, his wife posted a video of him mowing lawns and said: “Chris can barely use his hands and arms, but today he is Here, mow the lawn.” He came home from work on the lawn. As long as there is a will…”

Snow is leaning toward being the first to beat the disease. He also found inspiration in his family.

“My kids were very young. They were 4 and 7 when I was diagnosed,” Snow said earlier this year, according to “Now, they’re 8 and 11. I Gotta think I can get over this to get up every day, go on to live a normal life, be a dad, play. So, as long as I can do those things, then I don’t think I’m going to die.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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