Black loses battle with cancer

Larry Black passed away Monday at the Kelowna General Hospital after a valiant fight with cancer.

Larry Black Assistant GM/head scout

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks announced on Tuesday afternoon that their assistant GM and head scout, Larry Black passed away Monday at the Kelowna General  Hospital after a valiant fight with cancer.

“The hockey world lost a great man last night but we all know ‘Blackie’ fought ‘til the final horn,” stated Troy Mick, general manager and president of the Silverbacks.

“I have never seen a more passionate man for the well-being of the players in all of my life and his eye for talent was second to none.”

Mick was extremely close to Black and his family after working with him for many years in junior hockey.

“Larry Black has been one of my closest friends ever since I got into junior hockey. Words cannot describe how much Larry meant to me, our organization, and how he touched the players’ lives and the game of hockey,” said Mick. “As much as Larry was a hockey guy, he was like my second father and was always there for me, or any of the players, to discuss hockey and life questions.

“Blackie was a family man through and through and somebody I will always look up too. He was a role model for us all and will be truly missed.”

The team will honor Black’s memory and his tireless efforts to the game of hockey this weekend on their helmets and in observing a moment of silence at the game versus the West Kelowna Warriors on Saturday, Dec. 6.


Just Posted

Update: Driver lone occupant of truck that crashed Saturday

Vehicle flipped over on 50th Street SW, driver injured, alcohol not ruled out as a factor

Vernon second-degree murder suspect found not criminally responsible

Angelo Gabriel Monfort’s matter will be put to the British Columbia Review Board

Salmon Arm RCMP nab suspected tire thief

Owner of vehicle confirms to officer he definitely did not give permission to suspect to take tires

Man threatens spouse with knife

Salmon Arm RCMP say the threats will lead to serious charges

Hot weather to hit the valley

Environment Canada issues a special weather statement.

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Over 800 cars hit the streets in Penticton for Beach Cruise

Largest Peach City Beach Cruise event to-date to take place in Penticton

B.C. announces $75M to help friends, family care for seniors at home

Funding will go towards respite care and adult day programs

Timely tide attracts another pod of orcas to Victoria

The pod left the harbour about 30 minutes later

Canada won’t ‘play politics’ on U.S. migrant children policy

The U.S. government is under fire over its ”zero tolerance” policy

Capitals coach resigns after Stanley Cup win

Barry Trotz announced his resignation on Monday

B.C. pledges $550 million for Indigenous housing

Aboriginal leaders say federal government needs to pitch in too

Okanagan residents getting locked up for B.C. SPCA

SPCA events taking place around the Okanagan raises funds for abused and homeless animals

Sweden beats South Korea 1-0

Sweden gets benefit of video review in World Cup

Most Read