MINOT, N.D. - The Minot Minotauros are honoring their memory of a young man who passed away this week following a brave battle with cancer.
Seven-year-old Grantley Johnson of West Fargo served as the team's honorary captain, and then coach, since 2018, according to the team.
He passed away Thursday following a battle with leukemia.
The Tauros shared a tribute post to Grantley on their Facebook page, with images of Grantley coaching the team.
Here's the full text of the post:
"The Tauros players, coaches, and staff were saddened this morning to hear of the passing of Grantley Johnson. Grantley has been a part of our family since 2018 when his battle with leukemia began. Since then, Grantley has been our honorary captain, coach, and friend.
The Tauros will forever be #TeamGrantley and this Wednesday, February 12th, we ask our fans to help us honor him by wearing orange to our game against the Aberdeen Wings.
Our deepest condolences go out to Grantley's family and all those lucky enough to have met him. We will miss you Grantley, rest in peace coach."
The Bismarck Bobcats showed support as well on their Twitter:
"Some things are bigger than the game. The Bobcats hockey family sends love to the Minotauros community today.
North Dakota strong. #TeamGrantley"
This Wednesday, the Minotauros will wear special orange jerseys with #TeamGrantley on the back, for their game against the Aberdeen Wings at the Pepsi Rink at Maysa Arena at 7:05 p.m.
There will be a visitation Monday at 6 p.m. at West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center in West Fargo, with a funeral service Tuesday.
Photo courtesy: Minot Minotauros