Former Nanooks hockey player Chad Staley dies unexpectedly at 25

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The hockey community suffered a heavy loss after the unexpected death of former Alaska Nanook Chad Staley on March 9.

Former Nanooks #22 Chad Staley skates out onto the ice at the Carlson Center for Senior Night in 2019.

The former Nanook wore #22, playing four years for Alaska between 2015-2019. He played 127 games for the Nooks, collecting 17 goals and 38 assists for 55 career points. On the Alaska Nanooks Hockey Facebook page they paid tribute to their former skater.

“Chad was always the first person to lend a hand, picked you up when you were feeling down and had an unmatched work ethic. You could always find him holding/hugging a dog with his contagious smile & infectious laugh. A teammate & friend we will never forget, we will miss you 22.” from the Alaska Nanooks Hockey Facebook page.

On social media, numerous programs that Staley had played for gave their condolences to the community and his family. Many of the comments mentioned that Staley had an infectious laugh and smile, and the 25-year old's impact was felt among the many teams he skated for.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Spruce Kings captain Chad Staley at the age of 25. Chad was a Spruce King from 2012-2015. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this time.” from the Spruce Kings Facebook page.

Staley’s last stop was playing for Unterland Cavaliers in Vidor, Itlay. He had scored 17 points this season.