News Bulletin: Gathering for Moose captain
By Miller Resor
February 5, 2013
Family, friends and teammates of Jackson Hole Moose hockey team captain Joe Casey will gather at the Snow King Sports and Events Center at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to celebrate their captain’s life.
A friend found Casey, 37, collapsed at his home on the Moose-Wilson Road on Monday afternoon. Medical personnel were summoned, but they were unable to revive him.
After playing in Friday night’s Moose hockey game against the Chicago Chargers and adding two assists in the 5-4 win, Casey told teammates he was not feeling well. He did not play in Saturday’s game.
On Sunday a teammate stopped by Casey’s home to check on him and was startled to find Casey obviously sick. The teammate told Casey to go to the hospital, which he did.
Later, Casey called a friend to say doctors told him he had pneumonia. That was the last time anybody heard from him before he was found the next day.
Word of Casey’s death spread among hockey friends, then far beyond the group. Teammates gathered Monday evening in the Jackson Hole Moose locker room as they tried to absorb the news.
He was known for his skill on the ice, his humor and smile. His stories were endless, his energy for life abundant.
Cause of death is uncertain.
Wednesday’s gathering will be held at the time the Moose normally practice.