Former Red River Boys Hockey Coach Matt Malm DiesFormer Grand Forks Red River boys hockey coach Matt Malm died Tuesday night of a cancerous brain tumor. He was 49. In ten seasons as head coach, Malm led the Roughriders to a remarkable eight state title game appearance, winning five state championships.
Former Grand Forks Red River boys hockey coach Matt Malm died Tuesday night of a cancerous brain tumor. He was 49.
In ten seasons as head coach, Malm led the Roughriders to a remarkable eight state title game appearance, winning five state championships, the most recent coming 2009, his final year.
On the Rider bench, Malm was a winner. But those close to him say he never liked taking the credit.
"I know there were a couple different years where he won coach of the year honors and it was a little bit embarrassing for Matt because he was all about the kids and he felt the kids deserved the honors. He was just there to help them get there," GF Public Schools Athletic Director Todd Olson said.
Current Rider head coach Bill Chase, who spent six years as Malm's assistant on the Red River bench, says the thing he'll miss the most is Malm's friendship, saying "because you just can't replace a friend."
The following is Malm's obituary, provided by Amundson Funeral Home<
Matthew Wade Malm was born on November 27th, 1961 in Climax, MN and died in his home on February 15th, 2011. The Hebrew and English origin of the name Matthew means “Gift of God” and Matt was truly a gift to so many. Matt was a son, brother, high school sweetheart, husband, father, uncle, teacher, coach, and my best friend. Matt loved his children with all his heart and not a day went by without a mention of Jake and his “Bear” (Aly).
In September of 2009, Matt was diagnosed with brain cancer, which over time gradually changed his healthy mind and body but never his sense of humor, positive attitude, and amazing sense of calm. Matt expressed his gratitude for the smallest of things and when asked how he was doing, responded, “I’m fine” or “It is what it is”. The words “cherish each day” take on a whole new meaning when you see someone you love struggle so. My message to all is to cherish the moments with those you love and find joy, laughter, and something to celebrate each and every day. Let us celebrate Matt as he will be forever in our hearts.
Matt is survived by wife, Roanne (Lee) Malm, Grand Forks, ND; daughter, Aly Malm, Grand Forks, ND; son, Jake Malm, Minneapolis, MN; parents, Carol and Gary Malm, Grand Forks, ND; sister, Patty (Ken) Dorsher; brother, Perry (Liz) Malm, Grand Forks, ND; sister, Erika (Cordell) Diets, North Oakes, MN; and, grandmother, Helen Estenson, Crookston, MN. Matt is preceded in death by uncle, Lionel Estenson; grandparents Theodore and Marie Morken, Alfred and Hilma Malm, and Ordean Estenson; and, father Wayne Dennis Estenson.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be dedicated to South Middle School, Calvary Lutheran Church, or Altru Hospice.
Memorial Service: 4 p.m. Sunday, February 20, 2011 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1405 S. 9th St., Grand Forks.
Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Lutheran Church.