Remembering Dale Harrop, 1989-2022.
The New Zealand ice hockey community mourns the loss of one of our greatest, Dale Harrop. Dale passed away in a tragic accident over the weekend in West Auckland. As someone who embodied all it meant to be a great Ice Black, he leaves behind a legacy of sportsmanship, kindness and determination.
Beginning his ice hockey career for the Canterbury Red Devils in 2006, Dale’s infectious smile and gregarious personality followed him everywhere he went.
After his time in the Under 18 and Under 20 national teams, Dale continued to play ice hockey at the highest level in New Zealand. He was an active member of the Ice Blacks since 2007, representing New Zealand at ten World Championships.
After moving from Christchurch, Dale has called Auckland and the West Auckland Admirals home. He brought his leadership, warm-hearted jokes and sense of community with him. A formidable force on and off the ice for the West Auckland Admirals, Dale will be sorely, whole-heartedly missed by his fellow teammates – both from Auckland and anyone around New Zealand who has been lucky enough to play with this charismatic athlete.
Dale, you will be remembered on our ice. The example you set will be followed. Your memory will live on through our sport. Rest in peace, forever our team mate.
A Givealittle page has been set up to help support Dale’s family during this time: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/help-celebrate-dale-harrops-life