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Former Laker Tim Breslin dies of colon cancer

Tim Breslin

Feb. 10, 2005

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Laker hockey family is saddened to announce the death of former player Tim Breslin.

Breslin, who played at LSSU from 1987-91 and was a member of the Lakers' 1988 National Championship team, lost a short battle with colon cancer on Wednesday. Breslin, 37, was survived by a wife, Jami, and three children. He was living in St. Charles, Ill.

"Laker hockey lost a great man last night," LSSU coach Frank Anzalone said. "He had recently began his fight with cancer."

Breslin also made three NCAA quarterfinal appearances with the Lakers. He was an assistant captain in 1990-91. He still shares LSSU records for most points in a series (10) and most points in a game (2-5--7), which he tallied against Ohio State on Feb. 9, 1991. He totaled 46 goals and 81 assists during his collegiate career.

"Tim Breslin was a typical Laker player," Anzalone said. "He played hard, trained hard and cared about the program. I know we will all miss him, and I ask all supporters to pray for his family."

Breslin played eight seasons in the IHL with the Phoenix Roadrunners and Chicago Wolves. He retired from professional hockey in 1999. The Wolves will recognize Breslin by wearing shamrock-shaped helmet stickers bearing his initials. They will also pay tribute with a moment of silence during Friday's game at Allstate Arena.

"You could always count on Tim to come and compete every night and do what was needed for the team to win," Wolves general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said in a press release the team's web site. "He wasn't into personal glory. He was always a team player. The entire organization grieves his passing and extends our sincerest condolences to his family."

Breslin received the I. John Snider Trophy as the IHL's Man of the Year following the 1996-97 season.

Visitation will be Sunday from 3-9 p.m. at Malone's Funeral Home, 324 E. State St., Geneva, IL, 60134. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Church, 408 Cedar St., St. Charles, IL, 60174.

Condolences can be sent to Jami Breslin, 939 Alice Ct., St. Charles, IL, 60174. LSSU is in the process of establishing a scholarship fund for Breslin's three children. Details will be announced at a later date.

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