April 26th, 2018

Hirsche fondly remembered


By Jensen, Randy on April 14, 2018.

Pallbearers lead the casket of Brock Hirsche off ice level at Nicholas Sheran Ice Arena following a public funeral service on Friday. Hirsche passed away on April 8, following a nearly two-year battle with testicular cancer. Herald photo by Tijana Martin @TMartinHerald

Dale Woodard

Lethbridge Herald

sports@lethbridgeherald.com

Whether you knew him for 10 minutes or 10 years, Brock Hirsche had the natural ability to make you feel like his best friend.

On Friday afternoon, family and friends filled Nicholas Sheran Arena to celebrate the life of the former University of Lethbridge Pronghorns captain who passed away on Sunday after a battle with testicular cancer. He was 26.

Former Pronghorns rugby player Tiffany Wideen remembered meeting Hirsche during their years at the U of L.

“An absolute character, said Wideen. “He’d walk into our dressing room and if you were by yourself he’d walk up and introduce himself to you. He was that person that it didn’t matter if he had known you for 30 seconds or 10 years, he made you feel like you were the most important person and truly made everybody he was surrounded with feel like they were his best friend. He always held you close and it was never how he was doing. He was truly selfless.”

Donning a multitude of sports jerseys, those attending Friday’s service lined the centre ice portion of Nicholas Sheran Arena with the remaining attendees filling the seats.

The crowd was treated to stories about Hirsche’s youthful antics involving golf and water sports that drew appreciative chuckles.

Hirsche was also remembered as a person who never forgot a birthday, sports statistic and believed every day was 49ers game day, as well as for his ability to whip up the best Blizzard in Lethbridge at the southside Dairy Queen.

“He was definitely and unbelievable guy,” said Chase Witala, who played with Hirsche with the Prince George Cougars. “I had the privilege of playing with Brock for two years in Prince George. When I came into the league as a 16-year-old kid, Brock was definitely a leader and helped me tremendously, bringing me into the league. He was one of the greatest teammates I’ve ever had.

“He makes you feel welcome. A young kid coming into the league with a new team, you don’t know what to expect and just having an older guy like that to help you out, even a little bit, goes a long way. He was one of those guys who would go out of his way to make sure everybody felt comfortable.”

Meanwhile, a funeral service for Logan Boulet, a victim of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last Friday, is today at 1 p.m. at Nicholas Sheran Arena.

Those attending the service are asked to car pool as parking will be limited.

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