Sunday was one of the hardest days for the Chicago Blackhawks in a very, very long time. Losing a family member can be as devastating as any experience, and there's little doubt that Clint Reif was a member of the Blackhawks family.
The news of Clint's death on Sunday was both shocking and crushing, reminding all of us that hockey's greatest power has always been its ability to bring us together, and create those special relationships that transcend anything that ultimately happens on the ice. Clint's impact on folks around the sport cannot be stressed enough, so we wanted to share some of the reactions from across social media with everyone:
Big win tonight! Whole team played for Clint! I think everyone understand today that we are not only hockey team, we are also one big family— Antti Raanta (@ARaanta31) December 22, 2014
Just terrible to hear about the passing of Clint Reif. One of the best guys I've met through hockey. RIP my friend. #veryfaast— Viktor Stalberg (@VStalberg) December 21, 2014
We lost a great man today in Chicago! My thoughts with his family and the Hawks training staff. RIP Clint Reif pic.twitter.com/TOtfmwHQlm— Darren Granger (@GrangerDarren) December 22, 2014
The @NHLBlackhawks family lost a good one, Clint Reif. Going to miss my buddy.— Adam Burish (@ABurish37) December 22, 2014
Saddened to hear of the passing of Clint Reif. Thoughts and prayers with his family, Rest in Peace Clint! You will be missed!— Kyle Beach (@KBeachy12) December 21, 2014
My thoughts and prayers to the Reif family and the whole Blackawks organization ! Clint was a great team guy and all the players loved him!— Patrick Lalime (@PatLalime) December 22, 2014
Rest in peace Clint. Everyone keep the Reif family in your thoughts.— brandon pirri (@pirri91) December 21, 2014
Clint Reif was a sweetheart and I'm glad to have met him and shared stories. Rest in power.— Coach (@CMPunk) December 22, 2014
RIP, Clint Reif. One of the great ones in hockey. Was an honor to work with you from the WHA2 to the NHL. pic.twitter.com/EL9ud7ahIC— Mark Fischel (@MarkFischel) December 22, 2014
Thoughts and prayers are with the Reif family. Clint you will be missed by everyone you touched. Gr8 guy that left us way to early #RIPclint— Adam Clendening (@Clenny5) December 22, 2014
Terrible news about the passing of Blackhawks asst equipment manager Clint Reif. A great guy. So young. Just awful.— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) December 22, 2014
The Clint Reif news is so unbelievably sad, and as a father, terrifying. RIP.— Jay Zawaski (@JayZawaski670) December 22, 2014
Awful news from #Blackhawks on passing of asst. equipment manager Clint Reif. Such a wonderful guy. Way too young to leave us.— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) December 21, 2014
Horrible, shocking news about Clint Reif. Young guy with four kids. Just awful.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) December 21, 2014
Shocked and saddened by the death of Blackhawks assistant equipment manager Clint Reif. Just a terrific man.— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) December 21, 2014
And finally, this is an older one, but Stanley Cup caretaker Philip Pritchard's tweet of Reif's family with the Cup was making the rounds. He was the final person from the organization to get a day with the Cup in 2013.
Thank you for everything, Clint, we wish nothing but the best for your family and others who loved you. If the Blackhawks or another organization sets up a special fund so we can help contribute, I'll be sure to pass it on here so we can help donate.