It is with heavy hearts that the Sudbury District Girls Hockey Association (SDGHA) announces the passing of former Lady Wolves player Mélisa Kingsley.
There are no words to describe the sadness with which the SDGHA announces the passing of Mélisa Kingsley today.
The association and all those involved with Lady Wolves hockey were so blessed to have had the chance to be a part of her life. She moved her way up from Novice to Midget as a powerful forward.
Her positive energy and relentless drive brought her and her team to countless championship games and an amazing victory at the Esso Cup in 2015.
In 2016 Mélisa was offered a scholarship to the University of Ottawa. Sadly, Mélisa had to delay her studies in the fall of 2016 to receive treatments for cancer.
During that time, Mélisa used her skills to help coach the Atom Lady Wolves. In September 2017, Mélisa was able to commence her studies at the University of Ottawa alongside her closest and dearest friends and teammates, Meagan and Taylor McGaughey.
She continued to practice with the University of Ottawa throughout the 2017-2018 season. Mélisa returned home to Sudbury in March of 2018 to receive cancer treatments abroad.
Today we mourn the loss of a champion who became our hero in life and in death. She left her mark on the ice and in our hearts.
We hold her parents Gilles and Lianne along with her siblings Mireille and Mathieu, her partner Ryan, dear friend Jamie, her four legged fur pal Buddy and all extended family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.
Always remember , we were never going to Love Melisa the rest of her life we will LOVE her for the rest of OURS!”
Provided by Jodie MacKinnon with input from Mike McGaughey and his girls Taylor and Meghan as well as a close family friend who is with Mélisa's family today. Also, read by the Kingsley family.
Finally, Mélisa’s sister Mireille is also a standout goaltender with the current Midget AA Lady Wolves team. A moment of silence at any upcoming games/practices would be appreciated.
Mike McGaughey from Pro Am Sports created a logo and is printing helmet stickers. The SDGHA will be purchasing the stickers for all SLW teams. All monies will go toward the charity of the family’s choice. Once they are ready, teams will be contacted for distribution.
The SDGHA Executive, Players, Coaching Staff, Team Management, & Families
Melisa Kingsley #23 Forever in Our Hearts