Brother Shea Stevenson plays in place of Quinn at adult safe hockey game

A crowd wearing “win for Quinn” T-shirts and signs goes wild when Shea Stevenson scores a penalty shot for his brother Quinn.

Skating down center ice wearing his brother’s number nine Bruins jersey, Shea puts the puck top shelf.

The ASHL Bruins are Quinn’s former team and Wednesday night’s game at the Jemini arena in Saskatoon is all about him. The team asked Shea to play in Quinn’s place and he happily accepted, with the approval of the league and The Bang Gang, the opposing team.

He helped the Bruins win their first playoff game 7-2. Game two will be played Wednesday at 8:45 p.m.

“It’s just unreal. Looking on Twitter it just makes you look at how many people Quinn actually impacted on his life,” 15-year-old Shea said before the game.

The 17-year-old recent graduate of Centennial Collegiate was driving to meet a friend for coffee before his 5:30 a.m. shift at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club. It was near the University of Saskatchewan where he and another vehicle with two men inside collided. Quinn was pronounced dead on the scene.

“I don’t even know what to say. It’s just really sudden,” Shea said.

“We were a usual brother couple. We bugged each other lots and at the end of the day, we both love each other.”

Adam Tkachuk was on the ice for The Bang Gang. He said the penalty shot was originally going to be a penalty call but his team’s goalie pushed the refs to allow a penalty shot.

He said despite the team’s loss, the game will likely become one of the most meaningful ASHL games The Bang Gang will have played. They took part in the pre-game moment of silence for Quinn.

Quinn had enrolled in Western Academy Broadcasting College with dreams of being a sports broadcaster. He was set to start in September.

“It has been pretty tough at home but we are all staying strong,” Shea said, adding Quinn’s friends have been in and out of the house to visit the family.

“They’ve acted like brothers to me and that means a lot.”

Ryan Sigurdson, the goalie for the Bruins, has known Quinn since Kindergarten. The pair recently went on a trip to Europe together.

His father, Rod Sigurdson, came to the game and described the turnout as “insane.”

“I bet you there are 100 people upstairs and downstairs,” he said, adding an average adult hockey league game is lucky to muster up a handful of fans.

He said when Ryan found out through a text message about Quinn’s death, he didn’t believe it.

“His other friend phoned him and he basically broke down and started crying,” said Rod.

Ryan tweeted Quinn saying laughter is the best medicine and he was the one that made Ryan laugh, Rod explained.

Austin Nerbas, one of Shea’s best friends, said Quinn was a leader and role model.

“Every time you went over to his house he was always smiling. You never see the guy talk about anybody bad. He’s one of those guys that you just love to be around,” he said.

Source: News Talk 650 CKOM Saskatoon

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