Pat Casey Obituary Death – The Peterborough Petes are inconsolable over the passing of Pat Casey, an alumnus of the organization and its longstanding Director. On August 19, Casey went away without any pain or suffering at the age of 84. Casey, who was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, was an initial member of the Peterborough Petes organization. He played for the Peterborough TPT’s during their first season, which took place in 1956-1957.
Casey was a resident of Kirkland Lake. He would go on to play with the TPT’s for a total of three seasons, helping them to win both the J. Ross Robertson Cup and a spot in the Memorial Cup in the 1958–1959 season. Following his time with the Petes, Casey would go on to win a National Collegiate Athletic Association championship in 1961 with Michigan Tech and a United States Hockey League championship in 1965 with the Waterloo Blackhawks. Following the conclusion of his playing career, Pat settled down in Peterborough, making his way back to the Liftlock City in 1971. In 1979, he would re-join his much-loved Petes, this time as a member of the Board of Directors for the organization.
This would be the beginning of a near 40-year tenure that included periods as Vice President (1979-84), President (1984-87 and 1997-2002), and Treasurer, the latter of which he held for 10 years before retiring in 2016. During the time that he served on the Board of Directors, Casey played an important role in many significant events and achievements in the history of both the Petes and the OHL. Some of these include the establishment of the OHL Scholarship Program, Peterborough’s hosting of the 1996 Memorial Cup, Hockey Day in Canada in 2011, and providing support for former Petes President Dave Pogue in the establishment of the OHL’s Talk Today Mental Health Awareness Program.
Pat was awarded the Bill Long Award for Distinguished Service in 2016. This award is given in acknowledgment and appreciation of excellent services to the Ontario Hockey League. This award is further recognition of the legacy that Pat left not only in Peterborough, but also in the Ontario Hockey League as a whole. This year, the Petes team will recognize Casey’s services to the organization by placing unique decals on their helmets. Casey served as both an alumnus of the team and as a Director throughout his time with the Petes. Casey will also be honored on the ice by the team, and specifics on this will be provided as the season draws near. The members, coaches, and staff of the Peterborough Petes would like to extend our sincerest sympathies to Pat Casey’s family and friends.