From the American Special Hockey Association
“You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose.” – Gordie Howe
It is with a sense of deep sadness that we share that the hockey community lost a great friend and amazing coach yesterday.
Mike Steffan didn’t just give 100% to special hockey, he encouraged all those around him to bring their best to each moment. Mike, and his wife Pam, brought special hockey to Buffalo with the WNY Special Hockey Association (Buffalo Sabres Thunder) and they have grown an incredible community focused on the athletes and celebrating the game of hockey.
Mike loved to be behind the scenes, never missing a chance to keep the focus on the athletes, and not on himself. He played an important advisory role in supporting the American Special Hockey Association, His coaching and strategic planning has had an incredible impact. His attention to detail and his ability to coach on and off the ice, made the game more accessible and welcoming. He gave 110% and he changed the lives of countless people for the better.
Mike knew how to enjoy himself, and his sense of humor often had us on our toes. He reminded us to stand back and enjoy the game and always put the athletes first. He invented the “Too Many Sticks on the Ice & Stinky Sock” penalties – to our delight. Win or lose, with Mike we all loved to play hockey, and the outcome was never as important as making everyone feel like they were part of a team.
We ask that you hold Mike’s beautiful wife Pam, their children and grandchildren in your hearts. We also share our care for the Buffalo Sabres Thunder athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and Mike’s many friends.
Rest Easy Coach, you gave us 110% and we promise to continue lifting up others, just as you did.