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Josh Lavalle and friends

Josh Lavalle

By MVI Hockey, 10/08/14, 3:00PM CDT

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Families of MVYHA and IDYHA,

Yesterday, October 07, 2014, heaven received a new angel.

Josh Lavalle, a 2013 graduate of MVHS, a captain of the 2012-2013 MVHS hockey team, and a lifelong player / then volunteer for MVYHA bravely fought a battle with Leukemia.  Best described on his Caring Bridge website, “…In the end, he didn’t lose his battle with Leukemia; he beat it by living his life to the fullest while he was here on earth.”

Josh played all of his youth hockey years with MVYHA, and was an active volunteer for our organization throughout his high school career and post-graduation.  Always willing to lend a hand, help the younger kids, and always with an extremely bright smile on his face.

Josh’s High School Hockey coach, Rick Thomas, had some very kind words to say about his experiences with Josh….”Josh was a truly amazing kid.  He touched so many people in our community.”  “Josh, you are one of the greatest people I’ve ever met in my life.  I will miss and think about you every day buddy.  I thank you for all the laughs you brought to my life.  You will never be forgotten.”

Say a prayer for Josh and know that is he is now an angel in a great place.  Say a prayer for his family and keep them in your thoughts.  His mother, Luanne, his father, Marty, and his brothers, Alex and Matt.

For the 2014 – 2015 season, MVYHA has decided that our best way to celebrate Josh is to have all of our players in the association wear a decal for Josh on their helmet, noting his initials and his number, 3.

May God Bless You Josh.  May he keep you safe, and may your family find peace knowing you are smiling down on them.

Tim Herold
President, MVYHA

Josh Lavalle and friends on Youth Hockey Day in 2013.

Josh Lavalle and friends on Youth Hockey Day in 2013.