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Accident claims ex-Flyer McKnight

Sat., Nov. 24, 2012

A farming accident on Nov. 16 in Halkirk, Alberta, took the life of Steve McKnight, a member of the Spokane Flyers senior hockey team that won the 1976 Allan Cup.

Following a collegiate career at perennial Canadian hockey power, the University of Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton, McKnight, played for Spokane teams from 1975 through 1978. At U of A, McKnight earned a teaching degree and following his hockey-playing days he taught school for 17 years, all while operating the family farm on which he grew up.

McKnight was an offensive-minded defenseman when he played in Spokane, scoring 23 goals in his rookie season (1975-76). It was in a playoff game during the Allan Cup run where he had a memorable night scoring two goals and collecting four assists in a Patton Cup game against St. Boniface.

McKnight is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patti, daughter Kerbi and son Matt along with his mother, Shirley McKnight.  

McKnight, born April 5, 1953, in Castor, Alberta, was 59. Funeral services were held Saturday in Stettler, Alberta.

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