The Illinois hockey community recently lost two great volunteers, Joe Zeller and Rich Blight. We wish their family and friends comfort and prayers during this difficult time.
Joe Zeller was past president of AHAI (1979-81) and was instrumental in building hockey in the late seventies and early eighties here in Illinois. He was from the Schaumburg Kings organization and worked closely with Joe Benedetto, Bill Peluse, George Fialco, Tony Rossi, and Steve Pinkstaff back in the ‘good old days’. He was inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame in its inaugural year of 2005.
Rich Blight served as a volunteer for the Illinois hockey community for over 45 years. He volunteered with the Park Ridge Hornets for nearly 2 decades and Maine South and Notre Dame high school hockey programs. He then switched his volunteer efforts over and became a regular volunteer for AHAI events such as state tournaments, player development camps (both locally and USA Hockey camps), the Chicago Showcase, Holiday Hockey tournament, and more.