Tragedy hits ex-Sheffield Steelers star

Evelyne Dagenais, daughter of Canadian defenceman Randy Dagenais
Evelyne Dagenais, daughter of Canadian defenceman Randy Dagenais

The 16-months old daughter of a former Sheffield Steelers’ star died from pneumonia yesterday.

The ice hockey club is in mourning after the death of Evelyne Dagenais, daughter of Canadian defenceman Randy Dagenais.

Evelyne developed a flu-like symptoms a few days ago and was hospitalised in north America.

The symptoms developed into pneumonia with further complications setting in.

Fans will hold a minute’s silence before the start of Saturday’s crunch league game against Belfast Giants.

They will also stand up and show their support 12 minutes into the game.

Steelers head coach Doug Christiansen, a former team mate and longtime friend of the player, said: “I have known Randy for close to two decades and he is one of my best friends.

“He has lived at my house, stood in my wedding and we have shared the best of times. I was deeply saddened to hear the news and our deepest sympathy goes to the entire Dagenais family. Randy and Helene are blessed to have an extremely close family, which has already suffered terrible loss over the last year. The Steeler Family has come together to support Randy before and he will need us all now, more than ever.”

Randy, 34, from Ontario, played 176 games for Steelers between 2007 and 2010. He was a part of the Steelers 2007-8 play off championship side and the double winning team of 2008-09 scoring 21 goals 105 points.