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Former Palmer, DU hockey player Joe Casey dies

February 6, 2013
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photo - Joe Casey helped Palmer High School to a state hockey championship in 1992. Photo by
Joe Casey helped Palmer High School to a state hockey championship in 1992. Photo by  

Former Palmer hockey player Casey dies at age 37

Former Palmer High School and University of Denver hockey player Joe Casey died Monday at the age of 37 in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

The cause of death is to be determined, but Casey reportedly felt ill over the weekend with flu-like symptoms according to The Denver Post.

“I had known him before high school, and he was key part of our state championship team in 1992,” former Palmer coach Mike Provenzano told The Gazette. “He was a good kid and a very good player. After high school he ended up playing at DU where he had a great career. He came from a good family, and his older brother Travis played for us, those were good years with the Caseys. It’s a very sad thing. I can speak very highly of him.”

Casey finished his college career with 15 goals and 12 assists in 78 games.

He was voted as the team’s most inspirational and its most improved player by his teammates during his senior season.

“It is with shock and great sadness to learn of Joe’s passing,” Denver coach George Gwozdecky told The Denver Post. “He was a dedicated, enthusiastic and inspirational person who always played the game at full throttle. These qualities endeared him to his teammates and many friends at DU. He will be sorely missed by all.”

Two days before his death, Casey had two assists while playing for the Jackson Hole Moose, a Senior A division team he played with for the past 13 seasons.

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