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Grand Rapids Griffins video coach passes away while on trip with team

Some tragic news to report from the hockey world.

Grand Rapids Griffins video coach Bill LeRoy passed away in his sleep while on a road trip with the team in Winnipeg. Detroit’s AHL affiliate had been preparing for two matches with the Manitoba Moose.

The official team statement:

“It is with great sorrow that we report that Grand Rapids Griffins video coach Bill LeRoy passed away earlier today in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where the team is preparing to play this weekend.

Bill has been a valued member of the Griffins’ coaching staff since 2001 and a key contributor to the team’s success on the ice for nearly two decades. He will be incredibly missed and his impact upon the organization will be enduring.

Our prayers are with Bill’s children, Tyler and Becca, and all of his family members and friends. We ask Griffins Nation to keep them in your thoughts during this devastating time.”

LeRoy had been with the team since 2001 and worked with several current and former Red Wings players. Prior to that, he worked 18 years with the IHL’s Kalamazoo Wings.

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