A team in the Saskatchewan Bantam double-A Hockey League is mourning the loss of one of their own.
The Estevan Bruins confirmed that assistant coach Mike Sarada was killed Monday just north of Estevan.
Sarada, formerly of Melville, was on his way to a team practice when he was killed.
RCMP say a man pulled over to the side of the road and was struck by a semi after getting out of a vehicle.
Head Coach Tom Copeland says he was a soft-spoken individual who got along with everyone.
“He was a great guy,” Copeland said. “A real family man, very soft-spoken, not an enemy in the world.
“He had a way of calming things down when things got a little bit out of hand…just a great influence on our players, on our coaching staff and on me in particular.”
Prior to coaching the past 5 seasons in Estevan, Sarada played senior hockey in Saskatchewan’s Bix Six league, where he won two championships.
He grew up in Melville and played for the Millionaires.
Copeland says preserving Sarada’s legacy is something they hope to do.
“He would want everybody to celebrate his life and move on through his legacy, and his legacy is strong, his legacy is real, and I think if we can continue to use that word ‘legacy’ I think that’s the most important thing.”
(With files from CKRM)