On Saturday, November 8th, the Illinois hockey community lost one of its greatest advocates. Coach Gregg Lee, 53 of Wheeling, passed away after suffering a tragic stroke. His untimely death has left his 15-year-old daughter without her best friend, in addition to countless family and friends being without their brother, friend, mentor and coach.
To know Gregg was to know that this man was passionate about everything he did. His active life lead him into personal training as a profession, but hockey and golf was where his true passion lied. Gregg has coached youth hockey in Illinois for over 20 years and has left lasting effects on hundreds of young hockey players.
Gregg’s ultimate goal was to instill discipline and a hard work ethic in his players. The respect he has among past players, parents and other coaches is something to be admired. The lasting impression he has left on former players has led to the organization of the Gregg Lee Memorial Hockey Game.
As a final tribute to Gregg, his former players will be playing in a hockey game on Sunday, December 28th. The primary goal of this is to play for Gregg, their beloved coach, while also raising money for a fund that has been set up for Gregg’s daughter Jasmin.