Remembering Roger Lewis

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Like many professional hockey players, Roger Lewis’ days on the ice didn’t end with his retirement. The 40-year-old native of Houghton, Michigan, who passed away last weekend, continued playing until late December and was looking forward to getting back on the ice this weekend, after a two-week holiday break. Most recently, Elliot wore the # 22 sweater for the Portage Lake Pioneers in the Great Lakes Hockey League, an 11-team USA Hockey-Sanctioned Amateur Elite League who played their games at the historic Dee Stadium in Houghton.

Roger Lewis/Photo Credit: UP Moments

Roger Lewis/Photo Credit: UP Moments

Lewis’ playing days ended suddenly last Friday. According to Sgt. James Revoyr of the Michigan State Police, Lewis was riding his snowmobile on private property in nearby Ripley, when at about 9:50 p.m., he drove under a steel cable, which he apparently struck. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. Lewis played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Northern Michigan University before turning pro in 1997 when he played one game with the Memphis Riverkings (CHL) and 46 games with the Saginaw Lumber Kings (UHL). Over the next six seasons, he played with the primarily with the WPHL’s Corpus Christi Icerays and Austin Ice Bats. At 5′ 6″, 175 pounds, Lewis was known for showing a strong work ethic and a lot of heart in his play, which more than made up for his stature. As his former Ice Bats coach Brent Hughes remembers: “Lewy was a pleasure to coach and be around. His work ethic showed just what kind of a person he was. Every day gave all he had and more. He inspired everyone around him.” Condolences are being left on a memorial Facebook page as well as at Greg Rajan’s In the Crease blog, which follows the Corpus Christi IceRays, who now play in the NAHL. A memorial service for Lewis will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at SS. Peter & Paul Lutheran Church in Houghton. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church. Contact the writer at robert.keith@prohockeynews.com Follow us on Twitter: @prohockeynews

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