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NICHOLAS MICKOSKI

Date of Passing: Mar 13, 2002

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NICHOLAS MICKOSKI Suddenly on Wednesday, March 13, 2002, Nick passed away at the Grace Hospital. Nick was predeceased by his loving wife Leona Anne; his mother Eva; his father Philip; brothers, Myron, John, Bill and Robert; sisters, Olga, Irene and nephew Phillip. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his sons, Martin and Robert (Adele) and grandson Scott; one sister Sophie Stockmall (Mickoski) sisters-in-law, Josephine and Stephanie and numerous nieces and nephews. Nick was born in the North End and was regarded to be an exceptionally proficient hockey player. He began his professional NHL career with the New York Rangers in 1947 and was with the Blueshirts until he was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks in 1955, where he remained for four seasons. He was then acquired by the Detroit Red Wings until 1960 season and finished his NHL career with the Boston Bruins. He then became the player coach for the San Francisco Seals of the Western Hockey League, winning two championships. Nick was instrumental in the formation of Winnipeg Jets of the WHA being named the first Head Coach guiding the team until the end of the 1974 season. He was inducted to the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and was also a member of the Winnipeg Jets Alumni. He was also an accomplished amateur golfer and long time member of the Elmhurst G.C.C., where he enjoyed the company and camaraderie of all his great friends. A two-time winner of the Manitoba Amateur Golf Championship, representing Manitoba in the Canadian Amateur as a Willington Cup Member. Along with the Harold Eidsvig trophy for being the low amateur of the Manitoba Open. Nick also captured the Manitoba Seniors Golf Championship, again representing Manitoba in the National Finals. He was honoured as the only two-time winner of the Ukrainian sportsman of the Year Award at St. Nicholas Mens Club for his prowess in both Hockey and Golf. According to Nicks wishes, cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Bannerman and Arlington, with Rev. Fr. Christopher Zajac officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nicks memory to a charity of ones choice. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 15, 2002

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