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  • Remembering Clint Reif

    by Representative Mike Quigley

    Posted on 2015-01-06

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    QUIGLEY of illinois in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Mr. QUIGLEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember and honor the life of an important and respected member of the Chicago community.

    On December 21st, we lost a vital asset and key individual to the Chicago Blackhawks team, with the passing of Clint Reif.

    In his ninth season with the Blackhawks and sixth as assistant equipment manager, Clint ensured that his team was suited up and ready to play to the best of their ability day in and day out.

    [[Page E9]] Arriving early and leaving late, Clint had one of the all-important duties of maintaining and repairing equipment. And we all know how gentle hockey players are on their equipment. Because of Clint's attention to detail and professionalism, no Blackhawks player was ever left on the ice without exactly what he needed.

    But beyond that, he was a family man, with four charming children-- Florence, C.J., Aislynn and Colette--and his loving wife, Kelly. He was also devoted to his community, spearheading the team's initiative to outfit the Wounded Warriors hockey team with brand new equipment this past March. The Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) aims to raise awareness and enlist the public's generosity for the needs of injured service members. Clint respected and admired those brave men and women who fought to ensure our freedoms and gave back in true Clint fashion--with hockey equipment.

    Another great sports influence in the city of Chicago, Phil Jackson, once said, ``The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.'' With the passing of Clint, the Chicago Blackhawks lost an irreplaceable individual from their team, one that helped lead them to two Stanley Cup Championships.

    A one of a kind guy, Clint will be greatly missed by the Blackhawks, the City of Chicago and the entire hockey community.

    I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring and celebrating his life.


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