Late Friday night, I wrote about the shocking and tragic passing of Grandville (Mich.) High School senior Ryan Fischer and how his teammates played on hours after learning of the loss of their co-captain.
Grandville lost to Michigan high school hockey power Detroit Catholic Central, 3-0, in what was an emotional day for players on both sides of the ice. After the game, fans cheered the team loudly and held up both index fingers in honor of Fischer, who wore No. 11 for the Bulldogs, as Grandville joined together at their end of the ice.
The team then gathered closely and knelt to the ice in prayer. Soon after, they were joined by their opponents from Catholic Central, who surrounded the Grandville players to pray with them and honor Fischer.
It is one of the great acts of sportsmanship and a display of the goodness in humanity. They were opponents for 54 minutes, but after, they were just people. And the boys in maroon needed the support.
MLive.com posted video from the scene and it is an absolute must-watch.
Just a touching moment in an absolutely dreadful situation. Fischer was honored by his classmates with a memorial service at Grandville on Sunday.
The 17-year-old was a varsity football, baseball and hockey player. He planned to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point starting this summer, with a desire to study aerospace engineering.
Judging by the comments of those who knew him and the support shown Friday, Ryan Fischer left a remarkable impact on this world in the time he had.