Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Nicholas Elliott Crosby

Nick Crosby died July 5, 2011, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Field, B.C. on July 4, 2011. Nick's life revolved around his passion for hockey.

He chased his dream through determination, hard work and a "never-give-up" attitude. He is described best by words his friends have used to remember him: loyal, kind, determined, strong, like a brother, a mentor. He was a true and devoted friend, brother and son who was quick to flash his beautiful smile, and whose love of life enriched those around him.

Nick was a beloved member of many communities. He was born in San Francisco and attended Town School for Boys where he built many close friendships. He spent his early years developing a love for all sports, and especially for hockey.

When his family moved to Idaho in 2003, he jumped into life in Idaho with enthusiasm, and as was his way, never looked back. He attended the Community School, played baseball and soccer and loved the active Idaho lifestyle.

As nothing surpassed his passion for hockey, every opportunity was spent at the Sun Valley ice rink. He played on the Suns youth hockey teams, and captained one to a state championship. Nick enjoyed playing with everyone, but his favorite times were playing with his brother and his dad.

As he matured, Nick's determination to pursue his passion grew and he enrolled at Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., which he attended for two years as a three-sport athlete and a consistently strong student.

His many "Westy" friends describe him as a shining example of its motto, "grit and grace."

Never losing sight of his dream, he chose to finish his high school career at the Banff Hockey Academy in Banff, Alberta, for its intensive hockey program.

Upon graduation in 2010, Nick was awarded the Canadian Sports Schools Hockey League Student Athlete of the Year award, the Banff Hockey Academy Most Valuable Player and Student Athlete of the Year awards, and the Banff Community High School Lifetime Honors Society and Banff Academy Prize for Physical Education awards.

In 2010, he earned a place with the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. There he found a true second home with his host family and his Bandits teammates. In the words of his coach, "Nick was a kind, well spoken young man who had a dream to be a hockey player and he accomplished that dream. No words will truly honor Nick's life, but his teammates all know who he was."

Nick's smile, his sense of humor, his inner strength and his love of life will be so greatly missed, but never forgotten, by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Community School gym on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to the Community School, Box 2118, Sun Valley, ID, Attn: Janell Goddard ( for the Nick Crosby Memorial Scholarship benefiting a Community School student athlete, or to Wells Fargo Bank, Box 2117, Ketchum, ID, Attn: Jay Waters ( for the Nick Crosby Memorial Scholarship benefiting a player chasing his dream with the Brooks Bandits and/or the Banff Hockey Academy.

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