Ice Hockey UK – and everyone connected with UK ice hockey – would like to send their thoughts and best wishes to the family of Haris Hussain who passed away this weekend.

The UK linesman and Elite League prospect had been in hospital, battling hard against lymphomas caused from complications from his bone marrow transplant last July.

Haris played hockey to under-18 level and represented Midlands Conference at under-11 and under-13. More recently, he became a Level 6 linesman, regularly lining NIHL Division 1 games.

IHUK referee-in-chief, Joy Johnston, said: “Haris was a wonderful young man. Aside from having huge potential as an official, he was full of fun and laughter with a great sense of humour.

“He had an appetite to learn and develop and be the best at whatever he turned his hand to and was an all-round lovely person.

“His colleagues and team-mates never had a bad word to say about him and #teamstripes are devasted by his passing.

“Our thoughts and love are with his family at this time.  We will always remember Haris for his strength, courage, sense of humour and love for life.”

From his hospital bed, Haris was raising money for DKMS, a blood cancer charity that helped him through his bone marrow transplant last year.

He set a target of raising £10,000 and that figure has already been passed. You can still donate to this very worthwhile cause by clicking here.