Recent CC Grad Winkler Found Dead
CHN Staff Report
Former Colorado College center Scott Winkler was found dead at his parents' home in Norway on Wednesday. He was 23.
The cause of death is unknown at this time.
Winkler just graduated this spring with a degree in economics, coming off a senior season in which he scored a career-high 13 goals and 28 points.
“The first thing you feel is shock and second, you hope it isn’t true,” CC athletic director Ken Ralph told reporter Joe Paisley. “Scott had been working very hard and done a great job preparing himself for professional camps this summer.
“It’s unfathomable that something like this can happen to someone his age. He had such a bright future ahead of him. I’d like to ask all Colorado College fans and supporters of college hockey everywhere to keep the Winkler family in your thoughts and prayers.”
The 6-foot-3 Winkler was selected in the third round of the 2008 NHL Draft by Dallas. He was expected to attend pro tryout camps this summer.
Winkler came to North America in 2007 to play midget major AAA in Kansas, before moving to the USHL where he played for Cedar Rapids. In four seasons with Colorado College, Winkler had 24 goals and 63 points in 120 games.
“He was very dedicated and hard-working,” CC coach Scott Owens told Paisley. “He would come in before class to get in extra work and then do the team workouts.”