Tuesday, March 29, 2011

RIP Heckler From Hell #2 Kevin Gadker

The sad news has come that 37 year old Cyclones superfan Kevin Gadker, AKA Heckler from Hell, AKA "Human Siren" has passed away after a massive stroke.

Sometimes controversial but always entertaining, he was an early fixture upon the Cyclones' return to ECHL.  He joined the US Army to help support himself and his family, so we haven't seen as much of him since then but his dedication to the Cyclones never waned.

Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Nice to know you, Heckler. Thank you for your service to our country. Rest in peace, amigo.

Heckler from Hell Article on Metromix

5 Comments:

Blogger Ruf said...

Such a sad day for Cyclones Fans. He added to the excitement at the games. When my boys brought friends to the games, they were explaining the ins and out of Hockey – they always included the HFH in things to pay attention to. We missed him when he left to join the Army and when he was home and attended a game, it was a great treat.

Thoughts and prayers to his family.

7:24 AM  
Anonymous joe said...

Kevin was a larger than life figure to many fans-especially children. His antics became an integral part of everyone's US Bank Arena/Cyclones experience.

US Bank Arena hadn't been the same since Kevin enlisted in the army a year and a half ago. While many fans attempt to create a mascot persona for themselves, all but the most creative and energetic fail. Kevin was one of the very few who was able to form a real connection with the fans.

Last season I had the opportunity to attend two games with Kevin in Cleveland to watch a few former Cyclones play. Cedrick Desjardins, Desharnais, and Aubin all recogized and acknowledged Kevin (dressed in full regalia). In fact, Ceddy tried to give him the game puck. Kevin was mobbed by fans requesting pictures and autographs between periods.

His "Heckler" routine was but a small piece of Kevin, but it's the piece of him most of us knew.

RIP Kevin. A true Cyclone icon has passed. Too soon, but his light shone so very brightly in his short 37 years.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Kim Gadker said...

I am his sister Kim. Thank you for posting this, I know how much he loved the game, the fans, and the team!!! That's all he ever talked about! Just one correction, he is 37 years old. Just this past Thanksgiving he came to dinner in his Army dress, then he snuck out and changed into his "Heckler" suit, just to scare my cousin's children. They were excited to see it wass the "Heckler"!!! But even more suprised to see it was Kevin. Please keep his spirit alive!!!! And if you want to hear his siren call, play a video of it when they score a goal!!! Much love to all, and rest in peace "Heckler"!!!!!

10:12 PM  
Blogger Guido said...

Kim
Thanks for sharing your personal story about Thanksgiving and for correcting me on his age. Either way, it was far too young.
Guido

11:19 PM  
Anonymous joe said...

Kim,

Please keep us posted regarding Memorial Service/Funeral information.

All the best to you and all of Kevin's loved ones during this horrible time.

2:32 AM  

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