In Loving Memory: Chris Snow, Flames’ Assistant GM
The hockey world mourns the loss of Chris Snow, the Calgary Flames’ beloved assistant general manager who passed away at the age of 42. Chris’s journey was one of resilience, courage, and unwavering determination, leaving an indelible mark not only in the world of sports but in the hearts of all who knew him. In this article, we pay tribute to Chris Snow’s remarkable life, his battle with ALS, and his enduring legacy.
A Life of Inspiration and Hope
Chris Snow’s life was a testament to the strength of the human spirit. In June 2019, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a devastating neurodegenerative disease. Despite the grim prognosis of six to 18 months to live, Chris embarked on a journey of hope.
The ALS Battle
Shortly after his diagnosis, Chris Snow enrolled in a clinical trial aimed at silencing the effects of the mutated gene responsible for ALS. His unwavering determination to confront this formidable foe with grace and positivity not only inspired those around him but also highlighted the importance of research and awareness in the fight against ALS.
A Family Legacy
ALS had touched Chris’s life in a deeply personal way. His father and two uncles, along with a cousin, had all succumbed to this relentless disease. Chris’s battle was not only for himself but also for his family and the countless others affected by ALS.
A Remarkable Career
Chris Snow’s career in the NHL was nothing short of remarkable. He joined the Calgary Flames organization in 2011, where he would go on to make significant contributions to the team’s success. Just months before his ALS diagnosis in 2019, Chris was named assistant general manager, a testament to his dedication and expertise in the sport.
A Heartfelt Farewell
The news of Chris Snow’s passing sent shockwaves through the hockey community. The Calgary Flames expressed their condolences and offered their thoughts and prayers to Chris’s wife, Kelse, and their children, Cohen and Willa. General manager Craig Conroy reflected on Chris’s impact, saying, “Chris was my friend. He showed grace, optimism, and hope in the face of ALS, which taught all of us so much.
A Legacy of Giving
Even in his passing, Chris Snow continued to give. His final act was one of incredible selflessness—he donated his kidneys, liver, and lungs to save the lives of four people. Kelse Snow beautifully expressed their family’s emotions, saying, “In life and in death, Chris never stopped giving. He shines a light in front of us, guiding us.
Honoring Chris Snow’s Memory
Chris Snow’s legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those he touched. His resilience, unwavering positivity, and dedication to his family and his work serve as an enduring source of inspiration for all. The Calgary Flames, the NHL community, and ALS advocates will continue to remember and honor his memory.
Moving Forward with Passion
As Craig Conroy aptly put it, “We will never replace a person like Chris; we simply pay tribute to him by moving forward with the same passion that he brought to his life each day.” Chris’s impact on the world of hockey and the fight against ALS will not be forgotten.
In conclusion, Chris Snow’s journey was one of courage, hope, and selflessness. He faced ALS with unwavering positivity, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew him. His legacy, both in the world of hockey and in the fight against ALS, will continue to inspire generations to come.