HURON — Fate sometimes works in mysterious ways.
This is a follow-up to a story that ran in the June 2 edition of the Plainsman, regarding the establishing of the Dave Stahl All-Star Fund with the S.D. Amateur Hockey Association.
The fund is set up to help hockey players with assistance for camps, equipment or registration costs, so that they can enjoy the game as much as the person whose name graces it does.
It is named after Dave Stahl, a standout for the Huron All-Stars, who took over the state championship game in 1975, propelling the All-Stars to a come-from-behind win in the state title game.
Members of that team and past teammates shared their remembrances of Stahl and that game in particular and the story found its way into the hands of Douglas Williams.
According to a letter that Williams wrote to the SDAHA, he was a 10-year-old Squirts player who watched that title game and was inspired.
“This 10-year-old went on to play for the Huron All-Stars in ‘80, ‘81, ‘82 and ‘83 as a defenseman. His three brothers also played on the All-Stars,” Williams’ letter says.
“I remember looking up to this great team and feeling the honor when the teams I played on won the State Championship also.”
Williams shared that he happened to read the story in the Huron Daily Plainsman online and decided to make a contribution to the fund.
According to Mike Stoley, a former teammate, Williams’ donation was for $10,000.
“The camaraderie of all teams I was able to play on will always be a highlight of my life,” the letter concludes. “My hope is this contribution will allow another S.D. junior hockey player the opportunity to experience the same.”