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Sunday February 19th, 2012

Posted at 11:30am

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Photo: Kevin Chauvin

Four years ago yesterday, Windsor lost their captain.

Saturday night, at the WFCU Centre, Mickey Renaud’s legacy lived on as over 6000 fans in attendance honoured their fallen captain.

Mickey Renaud’s role on the team, in his school, and in the community still lives on today. New, fresh players are being introduced to his leadership as young hockey hopefuls look to the past for inspiration. He had a tremendous passion for the game, in which he gave all of his efforts every shift.

In honour of Mickey, the Sutherland Global Services’ Mickey Renaud Memorial Scholarship Fund awards $3000 to a male and a female athlete in Windsor, Essex County or Chatham-Kent. This year’s recipients were Taylor Hughes and Kelly Rizea. The Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy was also introduced, awarding “the OHL team captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a passion and dedication to the game of hockey and his community.” The trophy said it all, demonstrating his values, and how he lived.

On the morning of February 18th, 2008, Mickey Renaud collapsed in his home. At the age of 18, Mickey passed suddenly due to a genetic heart disorder. He was drafted the previous summer by the Calgary Flames.

“Oh Captain! My Captain!”

#18, Our Captain Forever.

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