Our friend Raz has passed away.
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Obviously I donâ€™t have much to say at this time. This is very sad and heartbreaking for all of us. I would like for anyone who can make it, to come to Melody Brooke tonight. Letâ€™s have some beers and take some time to help each other pull through this together. Hockey has brought us all together and we need to reflect on the relationships we have formed and the passing of a great friend and excellent man.
I will miss having him hang out after Sunday morning hockey with a beer and his t-shirt that said “Please excuse my appearance, I’m under construction.” That made me laugh every time.
yeah, this is a surprise to say the least. I know many more of you knew raz much longer than I did. But i’m glad i knew him at least as long as i did. I, too, will miss him most on a sunny sunday morning at wiss.
Whether it was schlepping still wet equipment across a freezing parking lot for a late night game, or dragging my hung over body into Wissahickon on a Sunday morning, seeing Raz was always a reminder of why I was there, friends, good friends.
I’ll miss Raz’s compliments, not on big hits or goals, but on the subtle things, the poke check, the lifted stick, the little things that prevented goals. He always acknowledged those plays, and I always appreciated that.
I’ll miss the ankle high glove saves, the loud belches. I’ll miss listening to Raz’s favorite story about me, the one where upon walking into Wissahickon on a Sunday and finding the guys already drinking beer I announced, “finally, we’ve done away the bullshit part of the day.” He always laughed heartily when he retold it.
And I’ll miss him most on warm Sunday afternoons, when the sun is high and bright.
I too will miss Raz at Sunday hockey, he was one of the reasons I would drag my hungover body out of bed. I will miss the unorthodox saves, getting slashed across the back of the legs, Union Jacks trips, but more importantly Raz as a person. He was always willing to do anything, for anyone, at anytime. We are all going to miss you buddy.
Raz really was the face of sunday morning hockey at WSC. He would always say hi when you would walk past the ref’s locker room. I’ll miss his intensity on the ice and his gentle manner off it. I’ll remember his laugh, and the image of him by his blue honda…smokin a cig, kickin out some good tunes, shades, big hair, big smile.
I have to agree with Art’s comments…Raz always seemed to make it a point to tell me after the skate that he noticed the small things that I wouldn’t even remember doing. But i’ll always remember Raz as a guy that, on the ice, really cared about playing well because he didn’t want to let his team down. But off the ice, he cared most about hanging out with his boys and having a good time….that’s what I’ll miss most about Raz.
Not much to say that hasn’t been said already. I’ll miss him and that Roman-Cechmanek-I’ll-save-the-puck-with-my-head-if-I-have-to style of play that he brought each and every skate. He was one of the funnest guys to be around. And not only was he a defensemen’s best friend, he made sure to give you recognition when you scored on him. He epitomized everything we love about the sunday skate: beer, friends, and hockey.
I hereby propose, no, I insist, that the sunday skate be known as Raz Day. Anyone who calls it anything else gets a goalie stick thrown at their head.
God damit, i’m going to miss that guy. One of the funiest, angriest and honest people i knew. And when i see him again i’m going to punch him in the nose.
I’ll miss that kick save that sent the puck back to the blueline faster than I sent it in on him. Most of all I’ll miss the 4th period at wiss or wintersport. Good guy good times. Raz you will be missed by many.
Raz made hockey the best. Knowing RAZ and with the goaltending form he had, one couldn’t help but to always root for the guy, even if you were shooting against him. When he was hot in net, there was no better sight than to see him rolling on his back, stopping pucks with his head, and taking slapshots off the inside of the calf rather than the front of the pad. Awsome guy on the ice, but an even better guy off, gonna miss him.
i’ll never forget his smile in the locker room last tuesday after he posted a shutout in our first yards playoff game. it was a pleasure to be his friend and teamate. we’ll miss ya razy.
The one story I remember most about what type of guy he was when he first subbed for us when Kevin and several of the other guys were out when we used to play at Oaks. We played the first place team that night and we got throttled 5-0 in the first period and we gave him no help at all – they scored on three 2 on 0’s. In the second and third period he must have stopped 30-35 shots. We ended up losing 8-3 or something. In the locker room after the game he said he was thankful to be able to play for us, wished he could have done better for us and sorry he let us down. Fact of the matter is he stood on his head in the second and third periods and made some Hasek’ish like saves that were incredible while we practically gave up in front of him. He took it on his accord to do his best to try and get us a win the rest of the game. That’s the type of guy he was. His modesty, competitiveness and that he made everyone laugh around him will be missed.
I was blown away at the news of Razs’ passing. I am truely going to miss him. He was a true friend to many people.My prayers are with all those who knew Raz and are touched by his loss, esspesially his family. I’ll miss you bud!
For those of you who would like to attend the service it will be Saturday @ 1pm in Reaglesville PA. Directions are in today’s Inquire 3/23/2006. I’ll be there and we will be heading to a friends house after who lives right off 309 on the way back towards the city. I’m sure everyone is welcome.
If anyone has any questions you can call me @ 443-865-3202. RIP 31.
I had the pleasure of knowing Raz for the last year, though he was the kind of guy you’d feel like you’ve known for years. Like everyone else, looked forward to seeing him at the Sunday skates. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face – on or off the ice. My thoughts are with his family and to all those he touched.
Sometimes I guess it takes a loss like this to realize what a good group of guys we play with. Raz brought people together with his sense of humor, intelligence, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, and overall good nature. I guess he is still working his magicâ€¦…..
Raz was always a friend to me and the reality of his loss is hard to comprehend. I remember when I first started playing hockey with this group; I realy only knew one other person (Bob Bear by name and the hoagies) and when I came into the locker room for my first game, Raz was the first person to welcome me after Bob. After we lost the game and were back in the locker room he congradulated me on a good game (even though I sucked worse than I do now) and it made me feel like part of the team. From then on he was always a positive face in the locker room, on the ice and hanging out having a beer and a smoke. I’ll miss him saying “Jeffro”, his easy going style and how it was always a good time when Raz was around.
I’m going to miss his big contagious smile, his crazy way of goaltending, and his truly genuine personality. He was a kind person and when you were in his company, you couldn’t help but smile as well. Something like this is devastating and makes you realize how special each and every friendship is. We’re all lucky to have known Raz, and I’m sure he’ll be watching over us on the ice.
I met Raz a few times at open hockey with Carter. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you cope with the loss of your friend. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.
Please bring a change of clothes and shoes for tomorrow, after the service the memorial will be held at a barn at Raz’s friendâ€™s house. Please feel free to bring food or beer or party supplies. Directions to the memorial will be given after the service and there may be a few things left to coordinate.
If you have any questions give Bender or Snappy a call.
Bender 215 688 7445
I DONT KNOW IF GIRLS ARE ALLOWED ON THIS SITE BUT HERE GOES. IT IS COMFORTING TO READ YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT RAZ. ESPECIALLY FOR DAN. I HAVE HEARD A LOT OVER THE PAST YEARS ABOUT RAZ THE GOALIE. I AM SURE IT WAS GREAT TO BE A PART OF. HE WAS ALSO A GREAT FRIEND TO ME AND OUR GIRLS. WE WOULD CALL HIM FOR HOMEWORK HELP (WAY SMARTER THAN DAN & I),HAVE DINNER WITH HIM AND HE WOULD SLEEP OVER OFTEN TO KEEP DAN COMPANY WHEN HE FELT LIKE STAYING UP LATE AND SOLVING THE WORLDS PROBLEMS. HE WORKED FOR BOTH DAN AND I AND ALWAYS KEPT ME SMILING THROUGHOUT THE DAYS. I WILL MISS HIM TERRIBLY AND SO WILL MY GIRLS. HE ALWAYS CELEBRATED THEIR REPORT CARDS AND ON THEIR GOALS AND BASKETS. HE WAS PART OF OUR FAMILY AND ALL 4 OF US ARE BETTER PEOPLE FOR HAVING KNOWN HIM.
RAZ WAS NOT ONLY MY DADS FRIEND BUT HE WAS MY FRIEND. HE SEEMED LIKE PART OF THE FAMILY AT PONTS. HE WAS ALWAYS CONGRAGALATING ME ON MY REPORT CARD AND GOALS IN SOCCER I WILL ALWAYS REMBER RAZ ESPESHALY HIS LAUGH I WILL MISS RAZ SO MUCH.
I LOVED RAZ LIKE A BROTHER. WE HAVE SHARED MORE MEMORIES THAN THE ROAD IS LONG.
CANT DESCRIBE THE COMFORT ALL THE COMMENTS FROM THE HOCKEY GUYS IS GIVING ME. JUST GOES TO SHOW WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT THAT YOU GUYS AREN’T A BUNCH OF ASSHOLES AFTER ALL. JUST THINKING ABOUT PLAYING “RAZ HOCKEY” ON SUNDAYS GIVES ME SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. I FEEL LUCKY, PRIVLEDGED, AND HONORED TO GET TO PLAY HOCKEY WITH A GREAT BUNCH OF GUYS. LETS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
DANIEL E. GUNNING
i just got some directions to riegelville beside,s the 611 way please call me anytime on saturday. 215-688-7445
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