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Nelson Leafs, KIJHL saddened after passing of Chiefs' GM

Chiefs president and GM Grant Sheridan recently passed away in Kelowna. — Peacock Sheridan photo

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League lost one of its main supporters after Kelowna Chiefs president and GM, Grant Sheridan recently passed away at Kelowna General Hospital.

Sheridan was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in late March while the Chiefs were in a playoff series against Revelstoke Grizzlies. He was transferred to the trauma unit at Royal Inland Hospital before being sent to KGH where he battled the disease for the past couple of months.

The Chiefs hockey club took to Facebook to announce the passing of Sheridan.

“It is with extreme sadness to say we lost Grant (Sunday) evening,” the post from the Chiefs’ Facebook page said. "“He passed away peacefully in his sleep at Kelowna General Hospital. Grant you made the world a better place.

"Rest easy my friend.”

Nelson Leafs President Corey Viala said the Heritage City Hockey Club would like to extend our deepest condolences to Grants family as well as the entire Kelowna Chiefs Junior Hockey Club.

“Grants passion for the game of hockey and development of his players to compete at the highest level was always a priority,” Viala said in an emailed statement. “The loss of Grant will have an impact on the entire KIJHL.”

“It’s with great sadness that the league has been given the information that Grant Sheridan has passed,” a post on the KIJHL website said. “Grant, we’ll miss your Leadership, Honesty, Wisdom, Guidance and Humour.

“The League was better having known you,” the KIJHL post added. “We knew your family was your biggest priority but thank you for making us a part of your hockey family.”