Tonight, I write this to inform the FF community of extremely sad news that some here already know.

Avid Pittsburgh Penguin and hockey fan, and loyal FF writer Ashley Gallant has passed away, leaving behind a legacy that has touched many more than just those who have met her in person.

“Ash,” as she was known to so many, spent significant writing about hockey for FF, but it wasn’t her writing that was so special, it was the thought and passion she put into it.

Along with fellow FF writer CJ “Stoosh” Jiuliante, Ash edited a weekly “Lacing Up” column that featured a point, counter-point style discussing current events in the NHL and the world of hockey.

On April 14, “Lacing Up” went on hiatus due to Ash’s health issues.

That was her last hoorah on FF.

The news I report today comes 16 days late, as we at FF just found out. Ash passed away July 31, but she will not be forgotten.

A Facebook group has been established by Ash’s friends and family to memorialize her.

At FF, we have yet to establish plans, but we are asking for suggestions from readers as to what we can do to show our support to Ash’s family during what promises to be a very trying time.

Please include suggestions below.

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Ashley Gallant
1982-2009

Ashley Gallant of Riverview passed away Friday July 31st at the Toronto General Hospital following complications due to congenital heart failure at the age of 27. Born in Moncton June 30, 1982 she was the daughter of Abel and Geraldine (Doucette) Gallant of Riverview.

Ashley was an avid fan of the Pittsburg Penguins, a graduate from Riverview High School in 2000, she completed her first degree in Biopsychology from the Atlantic Baptist University in 2004, and she received her second degree in Nutrition in 2008 from Mount St. Vincent University. She was presently completing her dietetic internship at the Moncton Hospital.

Besides her parents she will be dearly missed by her brother Tyler of Riverview, maternal grandmother Florence Gallant of Urbainville, PE, as well several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ashley was a recipient of a wish from the Children’s Wish Foundation in 1999; therefore the family would appreciate memorial donations in memory of Ashley to be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation.