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Hasek's Heroes founder Dies

Wednesday, 08.12.2009 / 4:00 PM / News

By NHL.com Staff

Fred C. Korhummel Jr., who joined with former star goalie Dominik Hasek to found the Hasek's Heroes youth hockey program, died on Monday at the age of 50 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. He is the 25th member of his family to succumb to the degenerative nerve disorder,

Popularly known as Fred Korey, the Buffalo native was a hockey fanatic. Korhummel was captain of the Canisius College squad before graduating in 1981. He also coached youth hockey in Buffalo and its surrounding areas.

After Hasek donated $1 million to bring organized hockey to inner-city youngsters, he and Korhummel established the Dominik Hasek Youth Hockey League. Korhummel was the executive director until his illness forced him to step down three years ago. More than 2,000 kids have taken part in the program.

Earlier this year, the Sabres honored Korhummel with the J. Michael Duffett Memorial Award for his contributions as a coach to amateur hockey. Hasek’s Heroes has announced plans to present an annual award in his memory.

Korhummel is survived by his wife, his mother, two sisters and a son.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday