Before their preseason game Friday night, the Flames paid a moving tribute to executive Chris Snow.
Calgary’s assistant general manager, who has been battling ALS since 2019, suffered a “catastrophic brain injury” after suffering cardiac arrest on Tuesday.
Snow, 42, is on life support but is not expected to wake up from this tragic incident.
Before the Flames faced the Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the team performed a tribute on the video board that began with a photo of Snow and the text #SnowyStrong before discussing his life and legacy with the hockey franchise .
“The Calgary Flames and the entire hockey community are devastated that one of our own, Chris Snow, was placed on life support with no hope of waking up after his battle with ALS,” said the voiceover of a video tribute.
Snow joined the organization in 2011 and rose through the ranks to deputy general manager, and his impact was described as “immeasurable” in the video.
He is also credited with developing the team’s hockey research and development department.
The video also documented his battle with ALS, which he fought with “grace and courage” even though he had only a short time to live after his diagnosis four years ago.
After the video ended, the team held a moment of applause instead of a moment of silence to honor his life and legacy, and the crowd followed with a loud ovation as starting players from both teams tapped on the ice with their sticks.
Earlier in the week, Flames general manager Craig Conroy addressed the health situation while holding back tears.
“Our good friend Chris Snow had a medical emergency (Tuesday) and he’s been fighting ALS for five years and he’s in another battle right now,” Conroy said during a press conference with Flames team captain Mikael Backlund on Wednesday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Kelsie (and their children) Cohen and Willa.
“I’ve never heard him complain about it once in these five years and it just doesn’t seem right to not have Snowy here with me.”
On Wednesday, Snow’s wife, Kelsie, posted on X that doctors did not expect Snow to wake up after suffering cardiac arrest.
On Thursday, she said he was still on life support.
“Yesterday’s tests confirmed that Chris will not wake up.” she wrote. “In life, Chris donated his body to a clinical trial to help others. In death he will do the same. He remains on life support while organ donation is organized. We are so proud of him.
New York Post