ALEXANDRIA – For the previous three years, Todd Lucht, 43, of Almora has volunteered because the assistant coach and staff supervisor for his son’s hockey staff – the Bantam Grays of the Alexandria Space Hockey Affiliation.
On Monday, January 9, his life modified without end. Whereas working as an assembler at FAST International Options in Glenwood, he suffered a office accident and now prosthetics is in his future. He misplaced his proper hand right down to his center forearm. He spent 9 days in areas in St. Paul and underwent two operations throughout that point.
“It is unlucky. It is an on a regular basis factor,” Lucht mentioned. “From the start, I instructed myself, ‘That is what it is going to be. It’s a must to make the selection…’ You may both get upset and have the ‘poor mees’ otherwise you simply take it as a problem in life.”
“He took a really optimistic path,” added Todd’s spouse, Heidi Lucht. “Even the nursing workers got here again and thanked him for his optimistic perspective.”
Todd added that whereas the coping course of has been a little bit of a battle, he’s grateful for the outreach of associates, household and the hockey group. He obtained “hundreds” of playing cards from not solely gamers on his staff and different native groups but in addition groups from all around the state.
Whereas Lucht by no means performed hockey himself, he all the time loved the game and training allowed him to play one other position in his son’s life. Even when he jokes that he’s removed from coordinated on the ice.
“My purpose each time I hit the ice with the youngsters is to not fall,” Lucht mentioned with a smile. “I am just a little shocked that I am asking to assist coach.”
He says that since his son, Austin, first began taking part in 9 years in the past, he is all the time been that guardian who helped out in any means he might.
“I believe (the coaches) simply knew I used to be somebody who could be keen to assist,” he mentioned.
His position on the staff is much less in regards to the strategy of the sport and extra about offering steerage by life.
“Being that I do not supply the on-ice information, I hope I can go on some life classes for the youngsters,” he mentioned.
His favourite a part of teaching is seeing the gamers enhance each on and off the ice and being a supportive position mannequin.
Now the hockey group is returning the favor by providing its help to Lucht and his household.
“The staff rallied behind him. They introduced groceries whereas we had been within the cities,” Heidi mentioned. Todd added that hockey mother and father drove to their residence exterior Almora to ensure their son, Austin, practiced.
Todd and Heidi have two kids, Avery and Austin, but in addition host a German trade pupil. All attend faculty in Parkers Prairie. Todd puzzled if the group was as supportive in Germany as it’s right here. Their trade pupil mentioned it was largely, however she was shocked on the quantity of help from the college.
Austin had a hockey match whereas his mother and father had been within the hospital. With them not there, most of his eighth grade class at Parker Prairie made the trek to the Runestone Neighborhood Heart to ensure he had others to cheer his title on.
Lucht mentioned once they reached out to thank one of many card givers who was from one other staff, their response was, “All people’s right here for one another.”
“Issues like which are overwhelming,” Todd mentioned. “I do not assume it actually sinks in till one thing unlucky occurs and also you get that help.”
Lucht acknowledges that hockey might be costly and time consuming however the group funding that these concerned participate in makes all of it value it.
Not lengthy after his accident, a good friend of the household arrange a gofundme web page and it has nearly reached its purpose.
“I might sit and take into consideration placing the proper phrases collectively however on the finish of the day, it is only a large thanks…Clearly to the hockey group but in addition to the group normally,” Lucht mentioned. “It is overwhelming and it is most likely going to be like that for some time. I am attempting to not choke up proper now however I imply, you hear the tales however you by no means know or you’ll be able to by no means really feel it till you undergo it.”
“I wish to do all the things normally, not simply with the youngsters, however in life, like have the ability to do nearly all the things I used to do,” Lucht mentioned. “I am positive there shall be some limitations on that… I do not wish to have a load of people that must say, ‘Let’s go do one thing. However wait, now we have to see what Todd is able to.’ “
Lucht added that his greatest problem shall be studying methods to ask for assist. The restoration shall be gradual and certain many extra future journeys to the cities.
However Lucht is optimistic in regards to the future. He hopes to return to work and luxuriate in his hobbies of four-wheeling, fishing and searching and all of the issues he did along with his household.
He says his kids helped maintain his spirits excessive. His son was cool and calm about it, whereas his daughter, Avery, offers the humor already joking that he can painting Captain Hook for Halloween.