A Langley man is dead after crashing his dirt bike east of Chilliwack last week.
Forty-four-year-old Clinton Ruck was riding a dirt bike on a motocross track at Popkum Motor Park near Bridal Falls when he left the track and crashed.
The accident happened at about 5 p.m. on March 18, according to the B.C. Coroners Service.
He was transported to Chilliwack General Hospital but died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Ruck leaves behind his wife, Michelle, and two sons, Logan and Colby.
He was a volunteer assistant coach with the Langley Minor Hockey Association and had been involved with LMHA since 2007.
A moment of silence was held on Sunday prior to the Langley Peewee Cup championship final between the Langley LY1 Spartans and the Langley LY5 Eagles at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
Ruck was an assistant coach for the Eagles and his son Colby was on the team.
Darcy Frederick, who coaches the Spartans, had known Ruck for more than 20 years.
“My first year of junior was actually Clint’s last year of junior hockey,” Frederick said.
The pair played together with the junior hockey New Westminster Royals.
“I was a 16-year-old loudmouth and Clint was basically a 21-year-old man with a moustache,” Frederick recalled. “He took all the young guys under his wing. He was a true captain in every sense of the word.
“He actually taught me a lot about how to be a captain and I was really fortunate and really glad I was able to meet up with him again through our kids being involved in minor hockey together.
“He will be sorely missed, not just by his family and his team, but by everybody in the association and everyone who knew him.”
A service of remembrance is set for Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m. at Newlands Golf and Country Club (21025 48 Ave.).
A gofundme account has also been set up.
Three thousand dollars was raised for the family on Sunday during the Langley Cup championship games.