Oct 9, 2013 4:58 PM by Jordan Mason
Honoring the memory of Scott Winkler ‘13, who passed away shortly after completing his senior season and graduating from Colorado College last spring, Tiger Hockey will pay tribute to the former team member during an on-ice ceremony prior to CC's game against the University of Minnesota Duluth at the World Arena on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Fans are requested to be in their seats early that evening for a ceremony that will feature a video celebration of Scott's life as well as a special jersey presentation involving members of his family. Opening faceoff for the game is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. MT.
Winkler died on June 12 at his parents' home in Asker, Norway. Results of an autopsy have not yet been released.
The college since has established The Scott Winkler '13 Memorial Fund for Men's Ice Hockey, with the purpose of funding medical pre-competition testing for incoming Tigers. Hopefully, by conducting EKGs and other tests that detect conditions and weaknesses such as cardiac abnormalities, potentially tragic consequences can be prevented in the future. Andrew Hamburg '13, classmate and teammate of Winkler, was influential in creating this fund.
Donations can be made by sending a check or money order, payable to Colorado College, with a note that the gift is for the Scott Winkler '13 Memorial Fund, to:
Colorado College Athletics
c/o Scott Winkler '13 Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 1117
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Donations also are being accepted online at: www.coloradocollege.edu/give
Winkler was a favorite among his teammates and fellow students, as well as the fans, members of the media and Colorado College staff. His unexpected death, less than a month after he graduated with the rest of the senior class, was a shock to everyone whose lives he had touched. Colorado College players will wear decals on their helmets through the 2013-14 season to commemorate and honor their former colleague.
Of Winkler's 63 career points as a Tiger, 10 were either game-winning goals or assists on game winners. His third-period tally as a sophomore forced overtime of what became a 4-3 victory over Wisconsin in Game 2 of a first-round WCHA playoff series with the Badgers in March 2011. A year earlier, he struck for the decisive goal late in a 5-3 post-season triumph at Minnesota Duluth.
"Winks" lit the lamp a total of 24 times altogether and helped set up teammates on 39 more occasions during his four years at CC while significantly increasing his offensive production each season. He posted career highs of 13 goals and 28 points while appearing in all 42 of CC's games last season.