Northern Michigan’s Comley Hockey Scholarship renamed in memory of Heiskanen

In memory of Larry Heiskanen, the Comley Hockey Scholarship at Northern Michigan has been renamed the Comley-Heiskanen Hockey Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a member of the NMU hockey team and was originally established in 2001 in honor of former NMU coach Rick Comley’s historic career and 26 years of service to Northern Michigan.

The renaming recognizes Heiskanen, who passed away suddenly on Oct. 13, 2016. Heiskanen worked for many years at Northern Michigan as the director of development for athletics and as an equipment manager for the hockey team. He was also a close friend of Comley.

In addition to his work in the Wildcats athletics department, Heiskanen was known as an avid golfer, walker, poker player and fan of the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs.