Blades Honour Ronny “Tuukka” Betterley

It was an emotional night for the Blenheim Blades Junior C hockey team. Playing only a day after fan and inspiration Ronny “Tuukka” Betterley passed away, the Blades donned helmet stickers in loving memory of the local 7 year old.

Ronny was a member of the South Kent Minor Hockey Association, playing on the ‘Farm Boy Strong’ Novice Tri-County League Team. Betterley, an avid hockey fan and player, was an inspiration for the Blades this season, being with the team and players on many occasions.

Ronny “Tuukka” Betterley, battled DIPG. He passed away Monday surrounded by his parents Jeff and Anita, and siblings Joe, Emmy, and Dani.

Visitation will take place Thursday February 1 from 7-9pm, Friday February 2 from 1-4pm and 7-9pm at McKinlay Funeral Home 76 Main St. E in Ridgetown. The Funeral Service will follow Saturday February 3 at 1pm at St. Paul’s Congregational Church 450 Park Ave. W. Chatham with internment at Blenheim Evergreen Cemetery.

In the Blades’ game Tuesday night, Blenheim lost a hard fought game in overtime 4-3 to first place Lakeshore. Eric Stewardson made 50 saves in the effort.


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