Flames AGM Tragically Passes Away

Published October 1, 2023 at 10:23

Calgary Flames Assistant General Manager Chris Snow has passed away after a lengthy battle with ALS.

Chris's wife Kelsie says her husband's legacy will live on through organ donation.

"Today we hugged Chris for the last time and said goodbye as he went to give four people the gift of life by donating his kidneys, liver and lungs. We are deeply broken and deeply proud. In life and in death, Chris never stopped giving. We walk forward with his light guiding us.

Flames GM Craig Conroy said Snow never complained or showed he had a bad day, continuing to perform his job at a high standard.

«Through his journey, Chris became a true inspiration for all who knew him and an incredible advocate for everyone affected by ALS,» Conroy said. «We will never replace a person like Chris. We simply pay tribute to him by moving forward with the same passion that he brought to his life each day.»

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called Snow a «remarkable man whose courageous and relentless battle with ALS has been an inspiration to so many.»

"An innovative student of our game with an expertise in data analysis, Chris supervised the creation and build out of the Flames' analytics department and was influential in all facets of the Club's Hockey Operations decision-making,» Bettman said. «First and foremost, however, he was a beloved husband to Kelsie, a devoted dad to Cohen and Willa, and a friend to everyone in hockey fortunate enough to have met him. The Snows' willingness to share the trials and triumphs of Chris's lengthy ALS journey has inspired so many and profoundly increased awareness of the need to find a cure for this debilitating disease.»

Toronto GM Brad Treliving, who worked with Snow in Calgary, said he was devastated by the news about his friend and colleague.

«‘Snowy' was a true example of strength, courage, grit and compassion,» Treliving said. «He was a cherished friend who deeply impacted our lives. Chris inspired us all as he faced his relentless battle with ALS head on, refusing to let it define him or derail his spirit.»

Snow was diagnosed with ALS in 2019, just a short time after being promoted to Flames AGM.

We sent condolences to Chris's family, friends, and the Calgary Flames organization during this very difficult time.
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Flames AGM Tragically Passes Away

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