25 January 2012
Scottish Hockey was today saddened to hear of the tragic death of Craig Cathie, 19, on Tuesday 24 January.
Craig passed away in Raigmore hospital following an accidental fall and sustained head injuries whilst out walking with a group in the Gairloch area.
Craig was a much loved member of Stepps Hockey Club and was actively involved in playing and umpiring on a regular basis.
Gordon McCall, Stepps Hockey Club President, expressed his sadness on behalf of the club:
"Craig touched the lives of so many people and you only need to read his Facebook page to see how much he meant to the people he knew. He was a much loved character here at Stepps, displaying an abundant amount of enthusiasm, always with a smile on his face, and giving 100% effort."
"Craig was always happy to pitch in and help out wherever the club needed his support, whether it was playing as often as he could for Stepps, umpiring matches or giving people a lift to training; the list is endless. He connected with both team-mates and opponents on the pitch in the West District and Regional Leagues, and off the pitch too."
"Many messages of condolence have been flooding into the club. Craig will be sadly missed and the thoughts of all current and former members of Stepps Hockey Club, and the wider Scottish Hockey community, are with the Cathie family at this very sad time."
Craig Leggatt, Stepps 2nd XI Team Captain, also added:
"Craig came to hockey later than most but even in what now seems a very short period of time, he has made a bigger impression on the vast majority of our members more than anyone else I can think of. It's been nothing but a pleasure to spend time with him these last four years and it's no coincidence that this has been the most enjoyable four years I've had playing the game."
Robert Heatly, Scottish Hockey Chief Executive, said:
"We are truly saddened to hear of Craig Cathie's passing and we extend our deep condolences to Craig's family and friends. Craig was an active player and member of Stepps HC, where he was regarded highly by all those at the club as someone who enjoyed his hockey immensely. I'm sure he will be sorely missed throughout the game in Scotland."
A minute's silence will be observed before the 2pm pushback at Stepps' 3rd XI match on Saturday 28 January at Millerston, Glasgow. The club will also remember Craig in forthcoming matches for their remaining teams.