A former Macon Whoopee goaltender passed away earlier this month, according to the Courrier Laval, a French-Canadian newspaper in Quebec.
Steve Vézina, 36, lost his fight against esophageal cancer on Oct. 18, 2012, at La Maison Victor-Gadbois, St. Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec.
A professional ice hockey player for 15 years, Vézina played with the Macon Whoopee during their 1997-1998 and their 2000-01 seasons. The goaltender was a 6th round draft pick for the Winnipeg Jets in 1994.
He was a descendant of Georges Vézina, who was by some, said to be the greatest hockey player ever and for whom the Vézina Trophy in the NHL is named and is given to the best overall goaltender each year.
Though he resided in Boucherville, Quebec, a family friend, Phyllis Byars Corley of Warner Robins, says Vézina "really loved the time he spent in Central Georgia while playing for the Macon Whoopee."
Memorial services were held Oct. 27, 2012, at Ste-Famille de Boucherville Church, Urgel Bourge Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife Valerie Poudrette-Deroy, his 4-year old son Zack, his 2 year old daughter Eloise, his parents Denise Olivier and Jean Claude Vézina, his brother Patrick, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many fans and friends across the globe.