eBuzz: Hockey community mourns death of Moose captain
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Jackson Hole residents are awakening this morning to the implausible notion that a beloved member of the community has been taken from us. JH Weekly regrets to inform our readers that Joe Casey has died.
Late Monday night, news of Casey’s passing met with shock and disbelief throughout the tightknit hockey community. The longtime Moose center and captain, #15, was known to fans as the enigmatic “Cappy” who, as recently as last weekend, helped spark his team to victory over the visiting Chicago Chargers.
Cause of death is not known at this early hour but friends say Casey complained of flu-like symptoms over the weekend, sought medical attention, and never recovered.
During his 12 years in Jackson, Casey quickly made himself a household name on and off the ice. The avid outdoorsman guided fly-fishing clients and hunted every fall. He was always quick with a smile or the first to share a laugh.
The 37-year-old was never one to shy away from a challenge. Upon his arrival in Jackson in 2000, fellow Moose teammate Eric Rahilly introduced Casey to the rodeo sport of bull riding. In 2006, at the age of 31, the Denver University standout and all-time leading scorer for the Moose made his dream of going pro come true when he joined the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the CHL for one season.
JH Weekly will stay with the story and relay developing news as it becomes available throughout the day.
Joe my old friend- you will be missed dearly. I enjoyed the time that I got to spend playing with you on the Moose, as well as the many fishing, hunting, days on the slopes and nights on the town. You have been taken way too early. RIP- Hans
What a shame and a shock. Joe was always a positive influence around the rink and a pleasure to skate with when he would join us lower level players during stick and puck sessions. His presence in the local hockey community will be sorely missed. God Speed Joe Casey.
A seemingly healthy, athletic, 37 y/o man dies of “the flu” and everyone’s OK with that? Medical malpractice or something else? There’s got to be more to this… Godspeed Cappy… but on the surface, this should not have even happened. What gives?