Tyler Amburgey, Devoted Hockey Player and Coach, Dies at 29

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Tyler Amburgey started enjoying hockey at age 7 within the Dallas space and by his late teenagers was a proficient defenseman in USA Hockey’s nationwide participant growth program. He liked each facet of the game in a profession that took him to a number of minor-league groups.

“Hockey meant everything to him,” his spouse, Aimee (Eigenberger) Amburgey, stated in a cellphone interview. “When he got a new pair of skates, he was like a kid at Christmas. You never saw anyone so pumped up about new equipment, even shin guards.”

Amburgey, who retired from hockey in 2016, died on Aug. 29 at his dwelling in Lavon, Texas, about 35 miles northeast of Dallas. He was 29. The trigger was Covid-19, his spouse stated.

Ms. Amburgey stated her husband had gotten his traditional summer time chilly from shuttling between the Texas warmth and the chilliness of the ice rinks, the place he coached two youth groups. However over three days in August he started feeling different signs, together with physique aches, nausea and complications. Covid-19 was detected after his loss of life.

More than 30 cases of the disease have been tied to youth hockey groups in North Texas in late August and early September.

Averil Tyler Amburgey (pronounced am-BER-ghee) was born on Might 6, 1991, in Dallas and raised within the suburb of Rowlett. His father, Rick, labored in insurance coverage; his mom, Sherry (Hinds) Amburgey, was a homemaker.

Tyler was 8 when his native Nationwide Hockey League group, the Dallas Stars, won the Stanley Cup in 1999. Eleven years later, when he was enjoying junior hockey for the Dubuque Preventing Saints in Iowa, he went on a primary date together with his future spouse, then a cheerleader for the Saints. He wore a T-shirt bearing an image of his favourite participant, Mike Modano, the Stars’ Corridor of Fame middle.

“I said, ‘Who’s that?’” she recalled with fun. “And he said, ‘What?’ like I’d crushed every dream he’d ever had.”

He performed for six groups in three skilled leagues from 2012 to 2016.

“He was a really strong skater and moved the puck well, a solid defenseman all the way around,” Dan Wildfong, who coached him with the Fort Price Brahmas in 2013, stated by cellphone. “And he was a real rink rat; he loved being at the rink and with the players.”

Amburgey’s years in hockey took a bodily toll: 5 hip operations in addition to concussions and different exhausting hits. Just lately, he had reminiscence issues. To find out if the trigger was persistent traumatic encephalopathy, his mind was donated to the CTE Center at Boston University, in accordance with his needs.

Along with his spouse, Amburgey is survived by his dad and mom; his daughter, Rylee; his sisters, Ashleigh Huntsinger and Caroline Miller; and his brother, Jordan.

In 2013, when Amburgey joined the Peoria Rivermen in Illinois, a part of the Southern Skilled Hockey League, he stated he had not too long ago frolicked at a job that made him depressing.

“Let me tell you something about roofing,” he told the newspaper The Journal Star in Peoria. “I gained a lot of clarity up there. I discovered I really wanted to be a hockey player.”

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