- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Dave Fay, longtime hockey writer for The Washington Times, died Tuesday night at his home in Monrovia, Md., after a twelve-year battle with cancer. He was 67.

Mr. Fay, a widely respected reporter, was named in May as the winner of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for hockey journalism, earning him a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He had been scheduled to receive the award in November.

This is a very sad day, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said. Aside from the professional relationship you have with somebody covering your team, I considered Dave a friend. Now there will be a hole in the locker room that can’t be filled.

Mr. Fay came to The Times as assistant sports editor when the newspaper began publication in May 1982. He soon switched to covering the Capitals because nobody else wanted to do it, he once recalled and remained on the beat until shortly before his death, with the exception of two years when he was assigned to cover the Washington Redskins.

Before coming to the nation’s capital, Mr. Fay worked for the Warren (Pa.) Times-Mirror and the Evening Times in Pawtucket, R.I. A native of Brighton, Mass., he won 12 writing awards in his career.

During his decades as a hockey writer, Mr. Fay was known as a lovable curmudgeon crusty on the outside but soft on the inside, according to USA Today’s Kevin Allen, president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Working with Dave was an enjoyable experience, Mr. Allen added. In hockey vernacular, he played the game with his elbows up. He was a hard-nosed reporter of the old school where the reporting was more important than the writing.

Mr. Fay is survived by his wife, Pat, and four sons: Robert F. and David G. Jr., both of State College, Pa.; Leo M., of Wyoming, and Michael LaChance, of Monrovia; two sisters, Nance Sanborn of Plymouth, N.H., and Martha Africa of Oakland, Calif., and six grandchildren.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Fay’s name to Hockey Fights Cancer, P.O. Box 5037, New York, N.Y., in lieu of flowers.

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