EMILY CLAIRE MIDDAGH
March 17, 1998 – February 7, 2021
A beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, coach, teammate, and friend. Emily left this earth too early, at the age of 22. Emily loved so many and was loved by so many more. She had a contagious smile that could light up your soul. Emily was born in North Vancouver, BC on March 17, 1998. With beautiful dark hair and piercing green eyes, she captivated everyone’s heart right from the beginning.
She was her brother’s shadow, in the best possible way. Whether it was hockey, football, or soccer, if Brennan played, Emily was never far behind. She excelled in sports from a very young age. Emily loved to play tennis with her grandparents on winter trips to Florida. She was her grandpas secret weapon on the court, and she was always up for ice cream on “grandma days”. She was everyone’s favourite opponent and an even better teammate to have by your side.
Hockey soon became Emily’s passion. In her senior year of high school Emily was captain of the Balmoral Hall Blazers where she was a dominate player and an inspirational leader. After high school, with the support of her parents and coaches, Emily played division one hockey for St. Lawrence University. Her dad, Jay, was always by her side to support her. Emily’s love for hockey even inspired her mom, Kim to learn more about the game. Even though an offside call still causes a lot of confusion, Kim would never miss an opportunity to cheer her girl on.
In her third year of university, Emily moved closer to home and was an academic all-Canadian while playing for the University of Regina Cougars. The summer before she started school in Regina, Emily got River – her “little man” and her protector. Out of all of the people Emily loved, River was her number one and she was his. We are forever grateful for River and the joy he brought into Emily’s life during their time together.
The kindness and compassion that Emily showed to others will forever be admired as an example of how to treat others. The lives that she touched will be changed forever, as we now continue to navigate in a world that has lost someone so special. Emily was so much more than just an athlete. She was an artist and a musician, she loved carpentry and travelling, animals and being silly.
Emily is survived by her loving parents, Kim and Jay; her big brother Brennan (Jessica); grandparents, Jim and Karren; aunts, Stephanie (Chris), Cathy (Jeff); uncles, Todd (Rachel), Ron (Colleen), Dan; and numerous adoring cousins. Emily is predeceased by her nan Ann, who passed away last March. We find comfort in the fact the nan was there to welcome Emily with open arms.
The loss is immeasurable but so is the love left behind.
The Canadians were lucky enough to have Emily as a player for a season back in the day.
This is a huge loss for the entire hockey community
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Love, The Canadians