A steady stream of people filed into the town of Allan on Sunday to say goodbye to the captain of the Humboldt Broncos.
A celebration of life was held in the small community south-east of Saskatoon for Logan Schatz.
“He’s a great guy and I’m going to miss him dearly,” said Morgan Suiter, who was a teammate of Schatz’s for four years on the Saskatoon Rotten Donkeys.
Suiter was one of the thousands of people who filled the Allan Communiplex for the service.
“There’s no teammate on the team who didn’t want to play with him. When I play with him, he makes me a better player. He makes everyone around him a better player,” Suiter said.
Suiter recalled when he first met Schatz four years ago.
“I was always sceptical about those high-end hockey players because I was never a high-end hockey player and he was,” Suiter said, adding Schatz always made him feel like he belonged.
“He always invited me to parties and stuff always had his arm around me, ‘oh yeah let’s go do this, let’s go have fun.'”
Schatz is being remembered as a gifted young athlete and a fierce competitor who was mature beyond his years.
Schatz, a son, a nephew, an uncle, a grandson, is also being remembered as a young man who loved his family, his friends, his teammates; a man who loved life.
The funeral for fellow Broncos player Evan Thomas will be held at SaskTel Centre Monday at 1 p.m.