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Al Genovy a Western Michigan Icon

He was the first player to sign with the Kalamazoo Wings before the local professional hockey team’s inaugural season in 1974-75. He was the Wings’ first team captain. And he scored the team’s first goal, in its initial game on the road at Flint. Al helped the Kalamazoo Wings beat the world powerful Soviet Red Army team in 1976. Only the Philadelphia Flyers and Canadian National Teams had ever accomplished such a victory in that decade.

Recently Genovy had served as Assistant Coach to the Battle Creek Revolution in the NA3HL. The Fin Flon, Manitoba native signed with the Detroit Red Wings after playing four years at the University of Denver where he won two national titles.

But Genovy, a Vicksburg resident who died of cancer Saturday at the age of 64, was much more than a pioneer when it came to hockey locally — he was the sport personified.

The loss of Genovy, his spirit and love for the game that was so easily transfered to those who knew him will be a tremendous loss. His legacy of development and teaching will be carried on by many of those whos lives he touched.

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