Hockey: Former U of A all-Canadian goalie dead

Condolences are due to everyone connected with Alberta Golden Bears hockey after the death of Dale Masson, who played for the U of A during the back half of the 1990s. He was a two-time all-Canadian and won the University Cup in 1998-99 to go along with the Memorial Cup ring he earned in 1992 with the Kamloops Blazers.

From Gregg Drinnan's Taking Note:
"Dale Masson, who played goal for five WHL seasons, died Saturday while taking part in the Kananaskis 100-kilometre relay. He was 36.

Masson played for the Kamloops Blazers and Victoria Cougars (1989-94) before going on to play five years with the U of Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton, the last four as the starter. He finished his CIS career with a national championship as the Golden Bears won it all in Saskatoon.

"He ended up studying law at the U of Alberta. He graduated in 2004 and was working for Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer in Calgary at the time of his death.

"Masson is survived by his wife, Tanya, and two sons – Wyatt, 2, and Sam, two months.

"Funeral arrangements will be finalized later in the week but the tentative plan is for a service to be held Friday afternoon in Calgary."
Financial contributions may be made to assist with the well-being of Masson's young family. Donations may be sent directly to:
Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP
1400, 350 - 7 Avenue, S.W.,
Calgary, AB T
2P 3N9 ,
Attn. Wayne Weger.
Cheques should be made payable to Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, in trust for the Masson Family Trust.

Masson remembered as quiet with a sense of humour (Mark Hunter, Kamloops Daily News)
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  1. Tim in London6/30/2009 9:35 pm


    Don't know this man, or his history, but when I hear the family left behind, man it hits home. I have an 8 and 10 yr old and it freaks me out that it could happen to me. RIP.

  2. Thanks, Tim ... the dude was just so young. Thirty-six. Man, I'm 32, you do get a sense of mortality.