The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association is saddened to announce the passing of longtime member and hockey advocate Ray Kraemer at the age of 71.
Kraemer was MAHA’s vice president of adult hockey for a quarter of a century, overseeing all adult hockey in the state of Michigan and acting as chairperson of the state adult playoff committee.
He spent countless years serving the game of hockey and its participants, holding various coaching, administrative and leadership roles to support and grow the game at the state and national levels.
“The Michigan hockey community has lost an impressive individual,” said MAHA president George Atkinson. “Ray Kraemer meant a great deal to us, and he meant a great deal to the sport he cherished so dearly. The world won’t be the same place without him.”
At the national level, Kraemer served as a USA Director from MAHA for 18 years, working as a member of the USA Adult Council. As part of the Adult Council he helped expand adult hockey offerings including helping to develop what are now the USA Adult Classic tournaments in Michigan.
Kraemer was recognized for his work with the adult hockey community when he was named the USA Hockey Adult Member of the Year in 2005.
A native of Clinton Township, he also worked as a District 3 district playoff coordinator and treasurer.
Kraemer also played an instrumental role helping develop and beta test the USA Hockey on-line player registration system and worked tirelessly to help organize and put on the first-ever USA Disabled Festival, which took place in Fraser in 2005.
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Kraemer was also a Level 4 certified coach.
Away from the rink, Kraemer was a long-time employee of General Motors before retiring and giving even more of his time to hockey.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son John and daughter-in-law Regina, and grandchildren Jack and Kylie.