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WXYZ profiles Ian Jenkins, offers more information about charity game

WXYZ’s Tom Wait provides further information regarding the passing of Belle Tire goalie and London Knights prospect Ian Jenkins (update: the Detroit News’s David Goricki ad the Free Press’s George Sipple spoke to members of Jenkins’ immediate and extended family as well):

Here’s the text:

At just 15 years-old Ian Jenkins was rated one of the top hockey players in the country. But just a day after signing a contract to play the game he loved professionally tragedy struck. Last Thursday Ian was with some friends in Milan where the teen went to High School. He was riding in the bed of a friend’s pick-up truck when somehow the 15-year-old fell out or jumped and hit his head. Doctors at the University of Michigan Health System did all they could to save him, but on Monday morning Ian passed away.

“Friday I stayed at the hospital for six hours and all my teammates came up. We gave each other big hugs. We all had tears in our eyes,” said Trevor Hamilton, one of Ian’s closest friends and his teammate.

Trevor’s father coached both he and Ian.

“From the time that Ian started with us when he was 9-years-old, to now, every day he had a purpose,” Michael Hamilton told Action News.

The freak accident happened only about 24 hours after Ian signed a contract to play with the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey league.

“The way his parents described it – the last two weeks were the happiest of his life because he accomplished something he wanted to do,” Michael said.

Ian’s family is starting a memorial fund in his honor. It’s called Ian Big “E” Jenkins. The family is still deciding how the donations will be used, but they want the fund to help kids in need pursue their passions. The same way Ian did. Click here for more information on the fund and on a memorial game to be held in Ian’s honor.

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Slumpy's avatar

Sad story. Michigan is a goalie factory. Tim Thomas,Ryan Miller, Jack Campbell (Dallas Stars draft pick 1st round) and a few others in the OHL.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 05/24/11 at 12:41 PM ET

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