October 9, 2013 Updated: October 10, 2013 at 10:19 am
A few months have passed since news of Scott Winkler's sudden death this summer stunned the Colorado College community.
The hope is next Saturday's tribute will allow former teammates and fans of the late hockey player to remember him and come to terms with the tragedy of a life cut short.
The college is planning an on-ice ceremony and video tribute to honor and commemorate Winkler, who was 23, prior to the game against Minnesota-Duluth on Oct. 19 at World Arena.
"I think it will be hard but it will also be really good for us to pay tribute to him," senior Archie Skalbeck said. "It will help give us a sense of closure."
Fans are asked to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for the celebration of the player's life, which will include several former Tigers and Winkler's father, Rod, and sister, Karina. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:07 p.m.
Winkler died June 12 at his parents' home in Asker, Norway. The autopsy results were not released. His death came less than a month after he graduated with an economics degree and while he prepared for professional training camps.
"It will give everyone a chance to remember Scott and say a prayer for him again," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. "I think it will help our players, staff and fans come to terms with his passing."
Winkler was a favorite of his teammates and Tiger fans. The team will wear decals on their helmets this season in his memory.
"He was the most positive guy all the time," Skalbeck said. "I don't think I ever heard anyone say anything bad about Winks. He was a role model for all the younger players."
The college established the Scott Winkler '13 Memorial Fund for Men's Ice Hockey to pay for pre-competition medical testing for incoming Tigers. The EKGs and other tests may detect cardiac abnormalities not discovered in normal physical testing.
Former teammate Andrew Hamburg, the college, staff and other teammates helped create the fund.
"It was really a team effort," the 2013 CC graduate said. "If this fund prevents another tragedy, it is worth it."
Donations can be made by sending a check or money order, payable to Colorado College, with a note that the gift is for the Scott Winkler '13 Memorial Fund, to:
Colorado College Athletics
c/o Scott Winkler '13 Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 1117
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Donations also are being accepted online at coloradocollege.edu/give