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O captain, our captain

Mickey Renaud died suddenly at 19. His junior team tried to play on without him. Story

Updated: February 29, 2008, 7:41 PM ET
By Gare Joyce | Special to Page 2

WINDSOR, Ontario -- Some eight hours before game time, Warren Rychel was lacing up his skates in the coaches' tiny dressing room, his head down, his hands and voice shaky.

''I first knew about Mickey when he was an atom, 6 or 7 years old, and he'd put his skates up on the counter for my father to sharpen at the arena out in Tecumseh," he said. "I knew that Mickey touched a lot of people in the community but I had no idea until last week ... within a day or so, I got 500 e-mails, calls ..."

Rychel, ...

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