Elgar Petersen, a strong presence in the Humboldt hockey community, has passed away.
Petersen’s passing was announced during the Broncos game Saturday night in the arena named after him.
Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench said Elgar served as the team’s equipment manager since the team began in 1970.
“He did everything from making sure there was water on the bench, to helping with the skates and the equipment, and laundering uniforms and jerseys, that type of thing,” Muench said. “More importantly, he was a presence on the bench that the fans remember.”
Muench said for a community that has lost so much already, many people will be affected by Elgar’s passing.
“It’s going to be hard on people, and I’m not going to lie,” Muench said. “But Elgar, I believe, had such a positive impact on everybody that you can’t help but think of the good things that he has done for our community when you think of him.”
The city of Humboldt is making arrangements with the family to have a celebration for Elgar sometime later this week.
Elgar was 82.