Randy Rosen is being honoured in the most fitting way.
The Sherwood Park man has been coaching hockey for around 20 years, also working with youth in schools. Currently, he is virtually coaching a U16 AAA boys team.
In August of 2020, Rosen noticed a small lump the size of a marble on the inside of his leg. He was diagnosed with angiosarcoma, a rare cancer that develops in the inner lining of blood vessels.
As of early December, he was given only a few months to live and had to stop treatment due to the cancerous cells having quickly spread to his kidneys, stomach and lungs.
The hockey community, as well as many other residents, put Rosen's name forward to receive some sort of recognition for his time and dedication. Strathcona County council fully backed the idea, officially naming a rink after him at the Sherwood Park Arena Sports Centre.
"He takes a real personal interest in the athlete and also, he ensures that his teams give back to the community," explained mayor Rod Frank. "He's just beyond being a hockey coach; he's building the community."
A plaque will be put up at the rink recognizing Rosen's name and the work he has accomplished. Frank added that they will also be recommending Rosen for a spot on the Millennium Place Sports Wall of Recognition.
"It has really blown me away. I will admit, I don't cry a lot, but I started to cry when I got the phone call that [the motion] had passed," said Rosen. "I spend literally 12 months of the year in that building, going from coaching three to four hockey teams a year to ball hockey. It is another home."
Currently, Rosen is in a lot of pain and discomfort; but he added that staying active and keeping his mind on coaching gives him energy.
"It makes me feel good and rest easy that, no matter what happens, my wife and my kids are respected and going to be looked after by the community."
The local hockey community has been rallying for Randy Rosen to receive special recognition. Photo supplied.