NA3HL mourns the loss of Americans goalie Marroni
The Great Falls Americans of the NA3HL regret to announce that goaltender Vincent Marroni passed away on July 20th in Michigan at the age of 18.
The cause of Marroni's death has not been released. He was born Sept. 25, 2002, in Plymouth, Michigan.
"Our hockey family is heartbroken. Vinny was the ultimate team guy, and teammate. He had a smile that would light up the room and was just a fun person to be around. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He was one of a kind and he will be missed. Fly High Vinny,” stated Americans head coach Greg Sears.
A link to GoFundMe page in Marroni's honor has been established.
Marroni had spent the past two seasons with the Americans and put up some impressive numbers. Over the course of two seasons, he posted a 3.02 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in eight appearances.
Marroni's family has also issued a statement (edited for clarity): "Come join us for a celebration of Vinnie's life open house Friday, July 23 at the Southgate Civic Center, 14700 Reaume Pkwy., Southgate, MI, from 4 p.m. on in the Banquet Room. This is completely informal, no dress clothes please, (it wasn't) Vinnie style. We will also have a sheet of ice at the Detroit Fighting Irish's team arena for any of his friends and teammates, present and past, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. if you want to skate an informal game. Bring your own gear, we will have food and drinks of some sort. Please bring pictures and stories, as I need to hear them all. We will also be figuring out a donation partnership for mental health services in lieu of flowers and gifts. Please pass this information on as I ... am not friends with all who loved him. Thank you.”