Mack Motzko, Son Of Gophers Men’s Hockey Coach, Dies In Orono Crash

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Mack Motzko, who played junior hockey last season, died at a hospital after being taken there from the crash Saturday in Orono, near Lake Minnetonka. ... The crash occurred shortly after 11 p.m. after the vehicle veered off the roadway and struck multiple trees. Raleigh News & ObserverMack Motzko, 20, son of Minn. hockey coach, dies after crash

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Mack Motzko, the 20-year-old son of Gophers men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko, has died, the University of Minnesota confirmed Sunday.

Motzko passed away at a hospital after being taken there from the crash site Saturday in Orono, near Lake Minnetonka. The vehicle he was in veered off the roadway and struck multiple trees at about 11 p.m. Orono police said alcohol and speed appeared to be contributing factors.

One of the other two people in the vehicle, 24-year-old Samuel Schuneman, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, died at the scene. The 51-year-old male driver, identified as James Blue, was critically injured, according to Orono police.

The memorial at the crash site (credit: CBS)

Bob Motzko took to Twitter Sunday night to honor his son.

“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our Mack. No bigger heart or young man loved than this kid,” Motzko said. “Thanks to all who have reached out. He is my hero!”

Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our Mack. No bigger heart or young man loved than this kid. Thanks to all who have reached out. He is my hero! pic.twitter.com/ufDTAkkpBu

— Bob Motzko (@BMotzko) July 26, 2021

Mack played high school hockey at St. Cloud Cathedral and Minnetonka High School. He played last season for the North American Hockey League team the New Mexico Ice Wolves.

With heavy hearts we say goodbye to one of our own, Mack Motzko, who lost his life in a tragic accident last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mack’s family, friends and teammates. pic.twitter.com/rnpMom3ygN

— New Mexico Ice Wolves (@NMIceWolves) July 25, 2021

University of Minnesota officials called for privacy for the Motzkos.

“We are devastated for Bob, Shelley, their family and all involved,” U officials said in a statement. “This is an unimaginable tragedy, and we will do everything we can to support those affected.”

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MINNEAPOLIS — Mack Motzko, the son of University of Minnesota men's hockey coach Bob Motzko, died after a crash Saturday night in Orono.

"Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our Mack," tweeted Bob Motzko. "No bigger heart or young man loved than this kid. Thanks to all who have reached out. He is my hero."

According to a press release from the Orono Police Department, a single-vehicle crash happened Saturday night after 11 p.m. near the 3100 block of North Shore Drive.

Police say the vehicle was speeding when it left the road and struck several trees. A 24-year-old man in the passenger seat was killed in the crash. Mack, who was in the back seat, and the 51-year-old driver sustained critical injuries. An ambulance took the pair to North Memorial Hospital where Mack, 20, later died from his injuries. 

Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our Mack. No bigger heart or young man loved than this kid. Thanks to all who have reached out. He is my hero! pic.twitter.com/ufDTAkkpBu

Authorities have not officially identified the victims, but multiple sources have confirmed that Mack was one of the passengers killed. According to a press release from the police, alcohol and speed "appear to be" contributing factors.

"We are devastated for Bob, Shelley, their family and all involved," said University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Mark Coyle in a release. "This is an unimaginable tragedy, and we will do everything we can to support those affected. We ask for privacy for the families, as they mourn the loss of loved ones."

Mack had played hockey for Cathedral High School in St. Cloud. 

"I knew Mack very well. Personally, it's just devastating. Mack is one of the kindest, thoughtful, faith-filled young men you will ever meet," said Emmett Keenan, activities director for Cathedral. 

According to Keenan, Mack left Cathedral and played for Minnetonka High School his junior year after his dad got the head men's hockey coach job at U of M. 

Minnetonka Hockey lost a brother today. Mack Motzko was loved by everyone who knew him and we are thankful for his friendship, character, and kind heart. We love you Mack and we are sending out our sympathies to our teammate Beau and the rest of the Motzko family. pic.twitter.com/T5hyAC55P4

"Mack was an incredible young man with a very bright future," the St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association posted in a Facebook post. "Please keep the Motzko family in your thoughts and prayers."

Bob spent 13 season as the head coach for the St. Cloud State men's hockey team before taking over the Gophers men's hockey team in 2018.

Mack returned to Cathedral for his senior year and was a captain of the team. 

"This is so hard because he really embodied what Cathedral High School is. Everybody liked Mack; Mack liked everybody. He was respectful to his teachers, he was good to his family and he was good to everybody around him," Keenan said.

To a great captain, an outstanding player, a fantastic teammate, and most importantly an unbelievable person, we are going to miss you so much. You left an indelible mark on our program and with every person who interacted with your infectious personality. We love you Mack. pic.twitter.com/OPZquzGbzI

Mack most recently played for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL and for the New Mexico Ice Wolves in the NAHL. 

With heavy hearts we say goodbye to one of our own, Mack Motzko, who lost his life in a tragic accident last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mack’s family, friends and teammates. pic.twitter.com/rnpMom3ygN

Sunday night, people left their hockey sticks outside their front doors to remember Mack, tweeting #SticksOutForMack.

Stampede Country, let’s show our support for the Motzko family & leave out a hockey stick & a light on tonight in honor of Mack. Say a special prayer for the Motzko’s during this extremely difficult time. #SticksoutforMack pic.twitter.com/GpSJWcVz54

Minnesota State Patrol is assisting with the investigation and reconstruction of the crash. 

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The St. Cloud area hockey community is mourning the death of former Cathedral Crusader Mack Motzko. Motzko, 20, died in a car accident in Orono on Saturday night.

"We are devastated for Bob, Shelley, their family and all involved," Gophers Athletic Director Mark Coyle said in a statement on Sunday. "This is an unimaginable tragedy, and we will do everything we can to support those affected. We ask for privacy for the families as they mourn the loss of loved ones."

According to the Star Tribune the vehicle Motzko was a passenger in "was traveling at a high rate of speed and left the roadway. The vehicle struck several trees." Alcohol and speed appear to be contributing factors.

The Rink Live was the first to report the story Sunday morning.

The son of former St. Cloud State University men's hockey coach Bob Motzko, Mack played hockey at Cathedral for three seasons from 2016-2020 with a year at Minnetonka during that span as well.

After graduating from Cathedral High School Mack Motzko went on to play with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL and the New Mexico Ice Wolves of the NAHL.

Son of Gophers hockey coach dies in car crash

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The son of Gopher men's hockey coach Bob Motzko was killed in an Orono car crash late Saturday.

The University of Minnesota Athletics Department issued the following statement:

"We are devastated for Bob, Shelley, their family and all involved," said Director of Athletics Mark Coyle. "This is an unimaginable tragedy, and we will do everything we can to support those affected. We ask for privacy for the families, as they mourn the loss of loved ones."

Mack Motzko was a captain of the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders Hockey team. His team offered its condolences.

To a great captain, an outstanding player, a fantastic teammate, and most importantly an unbelievable person, we are going to miss you so much. You left an indelible mark on our program and with every person who interacted with your infectious personality. We love you Mack. pic.twitter.com/OPZquzGbzI

According to police, Motzko was in the rear seat of a car traveling at a high rate of speed that left the road and struck several trees. A 24-year-old male in the front passenger seat died from injuries. The 51-year-old driver sustained injuries and is in critical condition. They were taken to North Memorial Hospital, where Motzko died.

Police said alcohol and speed were likely to have contributed to the accident. 

Many others, including University of Minnesota Duluth hockey, Minnesota State hockey and friends are mourning his loss. 

The Maverick Hockey Family is heartbroken to hear the news of Mack Motzko’s passing. We send our most sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Motzko family and all those involved during this difficult time.

The Stampede family is deeply saddened to learn the passing of former player Mack Motzko, son of former head coach Bob Motzko. The entire organization sends our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the Motzko family during a very difficult time. https://t.co/4FFld0npF2

While we are rivals on the ice, hockey is a giant family. We are deeply saddened by the news today and the entire Motzko family is in our thoughts and prayers. https://t.co/m8qFxCxQLR

The 20-year-old was a revered player at St. Cloud Cathedral before moving to the Twin Cities in 2018 when his father became a Gophers coach. Since then he played for Minnetonka High School, the New Mexico Ice Wolves in the NAHL and last season for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL. 

USHL President and Commissioner Bill Robertson extended his "deepest condolences" to friends and family on behalf of the league.

The Minnesota State Patrol is assisting the investigation and reconstruction. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office assisted with the incident. 

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