High School Says Goodbye to a Friend

Ryan Fischer was many things in his short life.

The 17-year-old was a high school kid with a 4.0 average, a future student at West Point, and captain of his school's ice hockey team. On March 7, 2014, just hours before a game, Fischer died in his sleep from an enlarged heart.

His death was a shock to his family and the entire town of Grandville, Michigan. But the community has been finding ways to honor Ryan and cope with his death.

At a recent game, friends, classmates, teachers, and school administrators came together to honor his life, sharing a moment of silence and memories with each other.

His funeral was attended by hundreds, many of whom wore hockey jerseys in his honor.

One year later: How friends and family were remembering Ryan

Read more: Competing hockey teams come together to raise money in memory of Ryan

Originally published March 2014