EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) – Hockey is more than a game in the Chippewa Valley. It’s a way of life.
Right now, the hockey community is rallying around a Memorial family to make sure everyone heals.
Funeral services for Brooke Kelly were held Monday. The Memorial freshman was only 14.
Hockey teams across the state are honoring Brooke’s life and supporting the family through a number of tributes.
Memorial varsity and junior varsity players, along with Eau Claire Bantams players are wearing a pink BGK sticker designed by two of Brooke’s friends. Those teams, along with North, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire Stars and Team Wisconsin have black and white BK stickers on their helmets.
CFM Sabers hockey honored Kelly Saturday with a helmet sticker, a moment of silence before the game and blue uniforms.
Teams are playing with blue tape on their sticks to celebrate Brooke’s favorite color.
Coaches and parents are wearing special pins with a 19 in support of Joe Kelly, Brooke’s older brother who is a captain on the Memorial varsity team.
New Richmond made a poster for Memorial before last week’s game and gave it to the Old Abes.
“I’m beyond thankful that everyone else is helping,” Memorial co-captain Peyton Platter said. “Anything that we can do, it’s helpful for (Joe), he is beyond thankful.”
North senior Sam Thorp and Chippewa Falls senior Nick Carlson have known the Kelly family for years. They both said it was important to join the movement of tributes.
“At the end of the day you might still be playing each other, but you care about each other,” Thorp said. “Off the ice, everybody’s there for each other.”