On January 8th, the Humboldt Broncos suffered a terrible loss.
Two year Bronco Volodymyr Dashko passed away in Vancouver at the age of 29.
As news spread back to Humboldt many former players and fans reminisced back to the two seasons “Voldy’ patrolled the blueline with star Brady Wacker.
Current Broncos’ Assistant Coach Brayden Klimosko won championships in both 2007 and 2008 with Dashko including the RBC Cup in 2008.
“He was a good teammate of ours and it’s a loss for everyone, we can’t really believe it. He was soft a soft spoken guy off the ice, he played so hard on. We had two great years with him.”
Klimosko said they stayed in touch as he does with most of his 2008 teammates that beat Camrose in the national final in Cornwall, Ontario.
“He was really such a kind character, you never expect this, he was just a great kid, he will be missed. We’ve all been texting each other the last week or so, it’s been brutal. It sucks when you lose someone.”
Tim Klimosko was a member of the coaching staff along with Dean Brockman and Murray Brookbank during their title run of three years. The elder Klimosko also had nothing but positive memories of the Terrace Bay, Ontario born product.
“He played the game, and lived life to its fullest,” he stated with a heavy heart. “He was a pleasure to coach, except when I had to pull him out of bed in the morning to have breakfast on our road trips. His rugged Russian look usually gave way to one of the biggest memorable smiles ever. I’ll miss his ‘sure Timbo’ saying but most of all his big heart and smile that he brought to the Elgar Petersen Arena everyday. He will be truly missed by everyone.”
He was laid to rest in Okotoks this past Saturday afternoon.