The headline says it all.
Scott Kaiser, my former colleague who had a passion for covering the Aeros when it was his job from 1999-2002, is dead at the age of 49.
Attached are two articles from the Katy newspaper (this one might make you cry) that give some details. He lived in Katy with his wife, and he had a daughter from a previous marriage.
Scott was very popular with most of the players on the team when he covered the Aeros. He was the beat writer arguably the three craziest years the team ever had. Three head coaches, two leagues, and several soap operas that will make you laugh, cry and wonder aloud of that could really happen in professional hockey.
Upon learning of his death, I got the word out to Dave Barr -- who in three years Scott covered the team -- was an assistant coach, head coach and general manager. In other words, he got to know Scott pretty well. I sent an e-mail to Dave and he wrote back right away with some kind words. He will be missed by everyone he worked with. That much is clear.
Like many people that met him, I learned a lot from Scott about how to cover hockey ... Like what matters, what doesn't and how to describe the turning point in a period, game or playoff series. In my opinion, it is the best job as a sports writer you can have.
I know I am very fortunate to have known him, and in a completely serious way, I am glad that he decided to leave the beat in the late summer of 2002. He went on to do better things, and he even wrote a book, which was a dream of his. But he left an opportunity for me to do the one thing that brings me more joy than anything else I do professionally.
For that, I cannot thank him enough, and there is no way I possibly could.
Rest in Peace, Scott. Forever.