The Passing of Tracy Kitchen
It is with a heavy heart on hearing the news of the passing of Tracy Kitchen. We have known Tracy for many years and always enjoyed the discussions around coaching and the players when our paths crossed in Oshawa or at Provincials.
She did everything to get the most out of every player, both on and off the floor. She was a friend, coach and leader to many of the girls that came into her life of ice and ball hockey.
In 2016, she traveled to the World Championships in Prague to support her nephew who was on the U20 team. During this time the OBHA was aware that the World Ball Hockey Federation would be hosting the Girls U20 in two years and thought who better to get involved and so discussions commenced regarding the Girls U20 program.
It didn’t take long for her eyes to open up and interest peaked in representing the country and sport she loved for so many years at the Girls U20 program.
It also didn’t take long to ask for our Team Canada caps so at our next game, Mauro Cugini presented Tracy with a Team Canada hat. Tracy has always been a great supporter of all sports, as of late, specifically, Girls and Women’s Ball Hockey .
It was important to have Tracy involved in Ball Hockey as many of us have been given the opportunity many years ago. Tracy has always been a great supporter of all sports, as of late, specifically, Girls and Women’s Ball Hockey . It was important to have Tracy involved in Ball Hockey as many of us have been given the opportunity many years ago.
Tracy was a member of the Oshawa Ball Hockey League for over 20 years playing, officiating and coaching We all will miss her laughter, insatiable quest for knowledge, not just about the sport, but for life in general and always wanting to know what someone else’s opinion was on subjects to be able to see things from different perspectives.
She was exactly how every person should be, so accepting of everyone, loving, kind, engaging, entertaining, humbling and that smile that would light up any room. We all have a feeling of emptiness without her, yet somehow fuller from the many gifts she has left behind. Her smile will continue to shine brightly. On behalf of the Oshawa Ball Hockey Association, our condolences to the families and friends of Tracy Kitchen.
Rest in Peace