The Colorado College hockey family said goodbye to fan and team favorite Scott Winkler on Saturday.
The pregame ceremony included a short video tribute showing images from the forward's life and the presentation and installation of a framed No. 25 Winkler jersey inside the Tigers locker room.
"Nothing we can do will do him justice but it showed everyone the kind of human he was," senior defenseman Eamonn McDermott said. "It is really good for the fans to see that."
The current players skated out to the Winkler family, represented by his father, Rod, and his sister, Karina, and each gave her a rose. Rod acknowledged the support from the school, coaches and students, including his son's former teammates.
"Their letters made us laugh, cry and very proud," he said. "In his 23 years, Scott lived his life to the fullest."
Former Tigers Ted Behrend, Ryan Lowery, Tyler O'Brien and William Rapuzzi attended the ceremony as did about 40 current and former players' parents.
Winkler died at his parents' home in Asker, Norway, on June 12 while the Dallas Stars draft pick readied to begin his professional career.
The Scott Winkler'13 Memorial Fund for Men's Ice Hockey was started to fund medical precompetition testing for incoming Tigers. The hope is conducting EKGs and other tests will detect cardiac conditions and weaknesses. The cause of Winkler's death is unknown, pending autopsy results.
The current Tigers got their sense of closure from a memorial service at Shove Chapel earlier, CC student assistant Dakota Eveland said. Fans got their chance Saturday.
"It's not for us but for the people who did not know what it was like to play with Winks," senior Jeff Collett said.
"Scott's family is happy with it. They thought it was fitting."
Everyone thought it was, judging from the applause of the 6,000-plus on hand.
Friday's 3-1 victory was CC's 17th consecutive home-opening win, including 15 under coach Scott Owens. The streak dates back to 1997. . Through two periods Saturday, CC's penalty kill was on a 22-for-22 streak, including a 5-minute kill early in the second period, that dates back to Game 3 of the Denver playoff series last season. Duluth ended the streak 50 seconds into the third period while CC tried to kill off another 5-minute call.