GRANDVILLE, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) -- Members of the Grandville hockey team had to play their biggest game of the season tonight after the team learned of the death of captain and friend Ryan Fischer.
Fischer, a senior forward, died in his sleep Thursday night at his home in Grandville. The Kent County Medical Examiner says Fischer died from complications of an enlarged heart.
After talking to his parents and the school's administration, the team decided to play its Division 1 semifinal game against Novi Detroit Catholic Central at Compuware Sports Arena in his honor. Fischer's dad addressed the team this morning, according to a Michigan High School Athletic Association official.
"Honestly, it's what the boys wanted and it's what Ryan and the Fischer family wanted," Grandville coach Joel Breazeale said tonight before the game.