Donations pour in for family of husband, dad who died playing pond hockey


A memorial fund set up for the family of Greg Riebe – who died Friday while playing in a Lake Minnetonka pond hockey tournament – has raised nearly $26,000 already, not even two days after the donation page was set up.

The Greg Riebe Memorial Fund on GoFundMe was started on Sunday, with a goal of $10,000.

It quickly surpassed that amount, and is continuing to climb.

"THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!" said an update after one day. "What an amazing group of family/friends, what an amazing hockey community, and what an amazing Twin Cities metro community for holding this family in their hearts."

About Greg Riebe

Riebe collapsed following his team's second game on Friday afternoon, apparently from a heart attack.

He was 46 years old.

An obituary in the Star Tribune says he is survived by his wife Kate, and two children: 4-year-old August and 1-year-old Emma.

He was president of PSR Consulting in Minneapolis. On his Twitter profile, Riebe said he enjoyed “running marathons, hockey, soccer, reading, & spending time with my wife and kids.”

The Sun Current spoke with some of Riebe's friends, who described him as a hockey lover through and through, and a proud father and husband.

The Minnesota Distance Running Association is dedicating its run this weekend to their "runner and dear friend."

A funeral is set for Saturday.

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