December 2, 2021

Mack Motzko, son of Gophers hockey mentor, killed in crash

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The Minnesota hockey group is mourning the reduction of 20-yr-aged Mack Motzko, who died in a Saturday night time crash.

Motzko, a 2020 graduate of St. Cloud Cathedral Higher School, is the son of University of Minnesota hockey mentor Bob Motzko. According to the Linked Push, Motzko died in an overnight crash in Orono, Minnesota.

Authorities say the Orono Police Section responded at about 11:47 p.m. to a lethal incident in the region of North Shore Generate and Bohns Place Highway, around Lake Minnetonka. A auto was traveling at a high rate of pace before leaving the highway and striking a number of trees.

When officers arrived, a 24-yr-aged male who was a entrance passenger in the car was pronounced lifeless at the scene and two other folks, which includes a 51-12 months-outdated male, ended up taken to North Memorial Hospital with vital accidents. Mack Motzko, reportedly in the back seat of the vehicle, was taken to North Memorial where he was afterwards pronounced useless.

The Minnesota State Patrol is aiding the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office environment in investigating the crash. Authorities say it seems alcohol and pace had been aspects in the crash.

In a statement on Sunday, Bob Motzko stated: “Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our Mack. No even bigger heart or younger man loved than this kid. Many thanks to all who have attained out. He is my hero!”

Mack played hockey for St. Cloud Cathedral, and the college introduced a statement on Sunday.

“To a excellent captain, an excellent player, a excellent teammate, and most importantly an unbelievable person, we are heading to skip you so a lot. You remaining an indelible mark on our application and with every single particular person who interacted with your infectious character. We like you Mack. We also increase our deepest condolences and prayers to the Motzko household for the duration of this incredibly challenging time. You are all liked by so many in our community.”

Mack Motzko played in two point out tournaments with St. Cloud Cathedral. He also performed just one time at Minnetonka right after Bob was employed as the Gophers’ hockey mentor in 2018. He performed final year with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League, and with the New Mexico Ice Wolves of the North American Hockey League.

A number of effectively-recognised figures in the Minnesota hockey community have taken to social media to provide condolences to the Motzko spouse and children, which includes Pat Micheletti, Mark Parrish, Lou Nanne and the St. Cloud Point out hockey system, wherever Bob was a lengthy-time coach just before being hired as Gophers’ mentor.

University of Minnesota Athletic Director Mark Coyle also launched a assertion on Sunday.

“We are devastated for Bob, Shelley, their relatives and all associated,” claimed Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle. “This is an unimaginable tragedy, and we will do all the things we can to aid those people affected. We talk to for privateness for the family members, as they mourn the decline of cherished ones.”

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