Calgary Inferno player Jacquie Pierri creates 'Keep the Beat', to raise awareness for heart disease
The relationship between a child and parent can take many forms, but the bond between Jacquie Pierri, 25, and her father Al Pierri was far greater than anything imaginable.
Two years ago, Al Pierri died from a heart attack while he was playing recreation hockey in Florida. This was not his first heart attack on a sheet of ice, Al suffered a heart attack before, when Jacquie was 10 years old.
“The irony in him having both of his heart attacks while playing hockey is not lost on me,” said Jacquie, a member of Calgary, Alta.’s own professional women’s hockey team Calgary Inferno, part of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
Hockey was the foundation of the bond between Jacquie, her father and her brother. She said her father immersed himself in the sport and it became their family “thing.”