CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Roger Lewis, former IceRay forward, who spent three different stints with Corpus Christi, was killed in a snowmobile accident on Friday night in Michigan at age 40.
"We will always remember Lewy for the intensity he brought to the rink every day," said IceRays G.M. Pat Dunn. "His all around love for hockey and life in general. Lewy, you will be missed my friend. Thoughts and prayers goes out to his family and to his many friends!"
Lewis spent his second and third pro years in Corpus Christi as the team began its inaugural season (1998-99) where he posted a total of 46pts in 113 games played in the WPHL.
"I had the pleasure of being Roger's teammate here in Corpus Christi and also played against him when he went to Austin," said IceRays Assistant G.M. Dave Gilmore. "Let's just say I'd much rather have him on my team that to play against him."
He then spent two seasons with the Austin Ice Bats before landing in Amarillo with the Rattlers in the CHL. Lewis would return to Corpus Christi for the 2001-2002 CHL season recording 6pts in 17 games played. He then started the 2002-2003 season in El Paso, but would return to South Texas with the IceRays to finish out his career in 02-03 and 04-05 seasons. In total with Corpus Christi, the 5ft 6in forward picked up 53pts with the Rays'.
Fans, former players, and coaches have been paying respect to the late Roger Lewis on both the IceRays Blog HERE and on a Facebook page that was created in his memory HERE.