How to mourn the passing of former Greenville Kings defenseman Keith Gedling

It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to my family and the entire hockey community in regards to the passing yesterday of Keith Gingling, a beloved member of our beloved Greenville family.

Keith was the perfect teammate and teammate-in-waiting, a joy to be around and one of the most hardworking players I have ever played against.

He was one of my favorite teammates to watch and one that I looked up to and had my own personal goal of playing with him for at least five more years.

He is one of those rare hockey players who is forever associated with his teammates.

For those who have followed Keith’s career closely, you can now add him to the list of players who will forever be a part of the Greenville community.

Keith is also an incredibly generous person who would gladly accept anything given to him.

As you may recall, he donated $20,000 to the city of Greenville when he was on a business trip there.

He also took time to meet with all of his former teammates and their families over the summer.

In a world where so many players have their personal struggles, he had the courage to stand up and say that he wanted to help those who are struggling with mental health issues and to support those that are struggling to overcome adversity.

I can’t thank him enough for all of the times he gave.

I know he was the most honest, hard-working and genuine person I’ve ever met and I hope that he was able to provide me with the support I needed during my time in Greenville.

Please know that I will be taking care of you all as you know me and I will always hold you in the highest of regard.

The Greenville Devils organization will be forever grateful to Keith for his contributions and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

In addition to his time in the NHL, Keith was also a member of the St. Louis Blues organization from 1988 to 1992 and a member in Greenburg from 1992 to 1996.

As a member and lifelong Blues fan, I am sure that I can count on Keith for some great memories with the Blues organization and I am grateful for his contribution to the team.

I wish him all the best and thank him for his years of hard work.

I also want to thank Keith for the many contributions he made to the Stoufferstown Hockey Club as a player and as a mentor.

The Stouffers have been fortunate enough to have Keith in the organization since he came to the club.

In that time, Keith played for a number of great teams, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, New England Patriots, Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers, and St. Paul Saints.

Keith will be missed dearly by the entire Stouppes family.

I will also be making my way back to the rink on the same rink where I met Keith and I wish the team the best of luck as we all look to continue our hockey journey.

Sincerely, Mark Meehan