In a statement issued by the Fort St. John Huskies the hockey club says, “The Fort St. John Huskies organization would also like to send their thoughts and prayers out to the Spence family. Al was a part of the Huskies Organization and his son John Spence was the Captain of the team. You will be missed around the rink, thank you for all that you have done both for our league and for our organization. Rest easy Al!!”
Huskies Head Coach Gary Alexander says Spence was a person he held in a very high regard and always put his best foot forward in his endeavours.
“Al was a great guy. When he stepped into your corner he was very dedicated and honest. He went to battle for you he was an awesome guy. He made everything right and everything fair and I had a world of respect for him,” he explains. “He was dedicated in anything he did. He worked for the same company for around 30 years. He was old school. There was only one way to do things and that was the right way. He was just a super guy to work for.”
The North Peace Navigators also have released a statement saying, “On April 2nd the hockey world in Northwestern Alberta suffered a tremendous loss with the unexpected passing of Al Spence. Al spent many years serving as the NWJHL President and always put the best interestS of the league, and more importantly the players, at the forefront of every decision he made. Al’s passion for the sport and dedication to the teams, their volunteers and the players was demonstrated from start to finish of every season. The North Peace Navigators board, coaching staff and players wanted to pass on our heartfelt condolences to Al’s family, his wife Shirley, sons William (Anne) and Johnathan (Kerri), and grandson Logan. Al will be missed dearly and his kind and generous spirit will never be forgotten.”