The Ottawa Redblacks are mourning the loss of one of their founding members after team physician Dr. Jamie Kissick passed away from cancer on Thursday. He was 63 years old.
The team issued the following statement on social media: “The Ottawa REDBLACKS and OSEG are saddened to learn of the death of team physician Dr. Jamie Kissick, after a battle with cancer. A valuable member of the REDBLACKS family since 2014, he will be fondly remembered and missed by the staff and players.”
Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group CEO Mark Goudie responded to the post, sharing his own condolences.
“I also worked with Jamie at the Sens back 30+ years ago. Very good man and has been a big part of the local pro sports landscape for decades. RIP Jamie and condolences [to] the Kissick family.”
Kissick had served as a team physician with the Redblacks since their inaugural season in 2014, winning a Grey Cup with the team in 2016. He previously served on the medical team for the Ottawa Renegades.
A graduate of Queen’s University, Kissick spent 10 years as the head team physician for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. He later worked with the Canadian Men’s Para-Ice Hockey Team and served as chair of the Paralympic Medical Committee. He served on the medical teams for several Olympics, Paralympics, Pan-Am Games and even the FIFA U20 World Cup.
The Kissick family is asking for donations to Right to Play (www.righttoplay.ca), Music Counts (www.musicounts.ca) or the Paralympic Foundation of Canada (www.paralympic.ca).