Estevan Minor Hockey is trying to come to terms with the tragic loss of one of their own.
Earlier this week Mike Sarada, an assistant coach for the Estevan TS&M Bantam “AA” Bruins was killed in a tragic accident on Highway 39.
The 44-year-old from Midale was struck by a semi just north of Estevan.
Tom Copeland the team’s Head Coach said Sarada was the ideal person for his team to look up to.
“He was a great guy, and first and foremost a real family man who was very soft spoken,” Copeland said. “He had a way of calming things down when they got out-of-hand or whatever. He was a great influence on our players and coaching staff and me in particular,” said Copeland.
Copeland said he’s heard from many current and former players all who knew or played hockey with Sarada.
“Mike was the kind of guy that kids at 13 and 14 should really look up to, he had his priorities set straight,” Copeland added.
RCMP say Sarada was pulled over on the side of Highway 39 just north of Estevan before exiting his vehicle, when he was then hit and killed by the passing semi, he was on his way to a team practice.
Copeland says he knows Sarada would want the team to celebrate his life then move on, something they will do along with preserving his legacy.
“‘He would want everybody to celebrate his life and move on through his legacy, and his legacy is strong and his legacy is real, and I think if we continue to use the words lasting legacy I think that’s the most important thing,” Copeland said.