It has not been a good month for former Aeros and their immediate families.
Recently, the daughter of former Aeros forward Jeff Christian was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Today, the DOD announced that the 20-year old son of former Aeros goalie Troy Gamble was killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. According to the Houston Chronicle, Lance Cpl. Garrett W. Gamble (pictured left) died Thursday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Troy played for the Aeros their first two years in Houston (1994-95 and 1995-96) and did home radio and TV commentary with several broadcasters after that.
I believe Troy has been living and working in the Middle East the last few years, but I have seen him at a few games during the Kevin Constantine era. For those of you who know Troy, he is a very likeable person, and his kids adored him.
Say a prayer for the Gamble family ... And Garrett, thank you for your service to this country. Despite our many issues politically, and otherwise, we still live in the greatest country on Earth, thanks to men like you.
Rest in Piece, brother, and I hope the Aeros make time tonight for a well-deserved moment of silence.
Troy Gamble in action for the Canucks