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Teammates of Kurt Reidy remember a leader on and off the ice

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Hockey teammates are remembering a friend and 16-year-old hockey player who died this weekend.

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office says 16-year-old Kurt Reidy of Winthrop died at the Guttenberg Hospital following an early-morning four-wheeler crash.

KWWL received an email from the Clayton County Sheriff's Office saying Reidy and two others were on a four-wheeler and hit a fence, causing all the riders to be thrown.

Reidy was not driving, but later that morning, he died.

He played hockey with the Waterloo Warriors High School Team -- where teammates say he was a leader on and off the ice.

Everyone who spoke with KWWL said Reidy loved his family and hockey more than anything in the world.

Now, the Waterloo Warriors hockey team is grieving, after losing him.

Assistant Coach Dan Lichty has coached Kurt Reidy since he was about 6 or 7 years old.

"I don't remember coaching a team where he wasn't the captain of the team," Lichty said.

Kurt had hernia surgery last Tuesday, but still managed to show up to practice throughout the week.

"He was a leader and it's hard to say that, because he was so much younger than all the guys on varsity -- but he kept us in line," said teammate Brandon Yearling.

Kurt's teammates and coaches all tell KWWL that he was an amazing player on the ice, but he was an even better person off of it.

Yearling says one of his favorite memories is when they went out to eat about a month ago.

They saw a mentally-disabled woman with trouble paying for her meal.

"Kurt just told the lady to go over there and tell her she can order whatever she wants and put it on my bill but just tell her it's from the restaurant -- she doesn't need to know it's from me," Yearling said.

It won't be easy, but the team says they will lean on one another to get through this difficult time.

"I'm just devastated....he's just gone," teammate Cameron Pries said.

Players on the team say they're looking into getting a sticker to put on their uniforms or helmets in memory of No. 20, Kurt Reidy.

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