FAIRFIELD, CT - Sacred Heart University and the Athletic Department were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former men's ice hockey player Garrett Larson over the weekend. Larson died in a motor vehicle accident in his hometown of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada. A 2005 graduate of Sacred Heart, Larson was 31 and leaves to mourn his wife Jen and three children Cohan (5), Chloe (3), and Lilly (1 month).
Larson played for four seasons for the Pioneers from 2001 through 2005 and was named team captain his senior season. One of the most prolific SHU scorers ever, Lasrson is sixth all-time with 55 goals and seventh all-time with 125 points. He earned All-Conference Second Team honors in the inaugural season of the Atlantic Hockey Association, scoring 19 goals with 10 assists for 29 points in 2003-04. The year before as a sophomore, he recorded a career-best 40 points on 13 goals and 27 assists in the final year of the MAAC.
Before coming to Sacred Heart, Larson played three seasons of junior hockey with the Grande Prairie Storm from 1998-2001. Upon graduating from SHU, Larson made an appearance with the Witchita Thunder of the Central Hockey League before returning to his hometown. He played senior hockey upon his return with the Spirit River Rangers and the Grande Prairie Athletics. The Storm will wear a GL decal on their helmets this coming season.
A funeral service for Garrett Larson will be held Thursday, July 5 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Parish, 10404 102 St., Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Larson Children Education Trust Fund", RR2 Site 13, Box 78, Grande Prairie, AB, Canada T8V2Z9.
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