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Ex Buckaroo passes away

A former member of the Kelowna Buckaroos has lost a long battle with ALS.

Mitch Wilson passed away Saturday at his home in Brinnon, WA. He was 57.

Wilson, a Kelowna native, played two seasons with the BC Junior Hockey League's Buckaroos from 1978 until 1980 before playing two seasons with the Western Hockey League's Seattle Breakers.

After more than two seasons in the Central Hockey League and American Hockey League, Wilson signed with the NHL's New Jersey Devils.

He played nine games with the Devils during the 1984-85 season, picking up a pair of assists.

Two years later, he played 17 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, registering two goals and an assist.

He toiled in the minors for eight more seasons before retiring in 1995.

Wilson died with his father, stepmother and caregiver Christina by his side.

"Thank you to everyone for your support through this difficult time. Mitch fought this battle the best he knew how and did so with courage," his family posted on his Facebook page.



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