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Family, friends, hockey world remember Ian Jenkins

A week ago today, Ian Jenkins’ coach, Mike Hamilton, contacted KK to inform us that the London Knights prospect and Detroit Honeybaked/Belle Tire goaltender, who had suffered a severe head injury, was still fighting for his life at the University of Michigan Hospital. By Monday morning, I received a short text message from Mr. Hamilton, stating that Ian had passed away at 7:54 AM. The family gave Ian two lasting legacies in donating his organs and starting the “Big E” Foundation, and today, Plymouth Whalers director of communications Pete Krupsky reports that Jenkins was laid to rest, and then remembered in a charity hockey game:

he hockey community cares, especially in times of tragedy.

That is the overriding theme of the Ian Jenkins Charity Hockey Game, held Saturday at Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township. Nearly 800 people and players attended the event, which featured games of junior-aged players to 1998 birthdays and younger over a four-hour period.

In case you missed it, Jenkins, considered one of the best 15-year-old goaltenders in the United States, died last Monday morning. He had suffered a severe head injury on May 19 after falling out of the bed of a pickup truck and onto pavement in Milan, according to police.

Jenkins had been drafted by the London Knights in the second round of the 2011 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection and was ready to start another chapter of his career when tragedy struck.

The entire spectrum of the hockey community paid their respects - from Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock and Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch - to teammates of Jenkins. Some families and players came out just to support the event.

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The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.