By Sabre Hockey Association
It is with great sadness that we share the news of a loss to our hockey community. Mike Paukstis, who was a Sabre Coach for several years, passed away on Thursday, March 1st. Mike had recently been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer which moved very quickly through his body. He fought valiantly, and, in the end, he bravely succumbed to the disease knowing he had made an indelible impact on his family and the many lives he touched. He is survived by his wife Michelle, and his children, Claudia, Cooper (SQ A4), and Max (Bantam A2).
Mike thrived in the chaos that is youth hockey, multiple rinks, conflicting schedules, out of town tournaments, all of which he often affectionately summarized as #sabrecrazy. An easy going personality who always seemed to have time and a smile for everyone he saw at the rink. He believed in spending time with his children and working hard to have a positive influence on them and his community. That does not sound so crazy to me, that sounds like family, and Mike’s hockey family will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Paukstis family during this period of mourning, and we hope that the Sabres and the game of hockey can be integral part of their healing process.
A Go Fund Me account has been established to enable donations to be made to the family during this time of need. Click HERE to make a donation.