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    Our friend Sami "Ampuhaukka78" Luoma has passed away

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     NHLGamers,

    We have received the devastating news that a beloved member of the community - Sami @Ampuhaukka Luoma passed away at the young age of 41 this past Friday. Sami was a family man and a long-time community member, who enjoyed spending his pastime playing the NHL series in good company. Over the years several of us had the privilege to play alongside this man and he touched many of our lives in one way or another. To honor Sami's memory, some of his past teammates and friends have shared some of their memories below:

     

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    Me and Sami played together on and off ever since ECL 1 times, over the years we must have accumulated thousands of games together. Sami was never dealt the easiest hand, he was a cancer survivor and had suffered from several medical complications over the years. Despite all of the challenges, I remember the humor and the smile you could hear through his voice every day.

    Sami was a polarizing person, but first and foremost he was a sincere and kind human being. He was a good father to his little kids, and a great friend to all of us. I'll forever miss the static of your mic and the occasional squeak from your old chair, but most of all, I'll miss my good friend Sami.

    My heartfelt condolences go out to Samis children, relatives and friends.

    - @Tzon93

     

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    I didn't know Sami as well as I would've liked to, but I did have the privilege of playing with him in both Summer Cup 1 and 2.

    He was a new acquaintance to me in Summer Cup 1, but he quickly made an impression on me (and the whole team) with his team-first attitude, positive spirit and defensive prowess on the ice. I kept in touch with Sami over the year and we occasionally guest-played on each others team, as D partners. When Summer Cup 2 rolled around, I was a captain and Sami was a given as my 4th round pick. As a team, we had a lot of fun that summer and I got to know Sami a little better. He told me of his passion for his work where he regularly got to travel and spend time in nature, among his beloved birds. We kept track of each other after that second tournament - rooting for each other in the important games and congratulating each other on any success we had.

    Simple gestures, but in retrospect they feel special.We never conversed on a truly personal level, but from the interactions I had with Sami I have no doubt he was a great father and family man. I, and many others in the community, knew him as kind, caring and forever positive - never a cloud on his horizon, despite the health ailments he was battling.

    I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and loved ones of Sami. May the passage of time heal your grief.

    Ampu, I'll miss playing defense with you. Until we meet again,

    - @l-Furyan-l
     

     

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    We had so many good memories together and I'd want to share all of them, but I'll focus on the most important. I'm truly grateful to have made friends with Sami through this hobby. Our friendship developed and i cherish the moments we had both in game and outside of it.

    Life is cruel and you never know what's to come. The last time we spoke on Thursday, neither one of us could have known that it would be our last moment together. I couldn't have imagined that my last message to you would be left unread. 

    Your time was cut short, but I pray that your pain is now gone.

    My heart goes out to your family, friends and all your loved ones who are left missing you dearly.

    Rest in peace Sami.

    - @Lamsa

     

    A word from @Kenu on behalf of NHLGamer:

    I would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Sami in this tragic loss. I was in touch with Sami in early January and he spoke about his plans to build a team together with @pelimies80 and he had some questions around the upcoming season. It's hard to accept that that discussion was the last chance I got to talk to him.

    I didn't know Sami well, but I did talk a lot of ECL with him throughout the years and also remember trying out for his team back in the day. He was always polite, positive and fun to talk to and I he will be missed.

    During his career of 227 games as a right defenseman in the ECL Sami racked up 26 goals and 125 assists, totalling 151 points. Aside from the the ECL, he was also active in a lot of our other leagues. You can see his full career stats below.

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    The staff at NHLGamer extends our heartfelt condolences to everyone touched by Sami during his lifetime. Please also share your memory in the comment section if you wish to do so.

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    Really sad news.. When I started playing 6's properly and i didn't have a team, Ampu was the one who welcomed me with open arms to try and play in Speedy Bros Hockey. Good memories, funny, thoughtful and fair guy. Rest in peace birdman ☹ 🦅

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    Sami was biggest reason why I belonged this community. We had over 4 year bromance. Great seasons with SBH, so many long nights in versus games, inside jokes, you always tried show me the right way and you always tried motivate me. We had so many memories so i cant write everything. I was about to make comeback and ask you to create SBH one more time, but now its too late.. See you on the other side, friend.

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    Rest In peace and May the memory of you on the ice remain bright. As a fellow oldtimer i sadly raise my hat To you and wish you a peacefull journy To the other side. 

    Sleep Well ampu, we Will miss you

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    Rest in peace. He was like father to me and my closest friend on ps community, we shared all good things and bad things. He was allways standing with me. I dont really have words, Sami have had very tough year 2020. I dont say this because he died, but it was my dream to play in same team with Ampu. But now its Speedy without him. We had awesome moments with Sami, Great player and even greater person. I will miss you so f*cking much! 😭 LEGENDS NEVER DIE!

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    Hadnt time to write much earlier.
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    A big loss to many members of this community and a shock for even more. My condolences to the ones close to him. 

    I only had a privilege to play with him a few times. But sharing a psn party with him left an impact to me and I believe to others also.  Really one of the genuinely nicest guys to play with. What a loss.. 

     

    Farewell my fellow hard hitting right defender. May you rest in peace. 

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    While searching for some normal club games at evenings, I was always happy to see ampu messaging me because playing is best with nice people. RIP 🦅

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    It was shock for me and i had no words at all. But now I want to say, it was really nice guy, with great humour and unshakable love of life. My goaltendijg story started only because of Sami, i played nowhere in europe, but he trusted me and we played some seasons together... He was always dont mind about names and status, Sami always looked at you as an equal, so it’s not surprising how many great players (and incredible persons) were on his team. Sami was a brave guy in all ways in his life, job, family, nhl, great fkn attitude.

    Good bye my speedy brother, I love you :(

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    When I first decided to start playing Defender on a regular basis, I knew nothing about anything. Sami replied to my writing on NHLGamers free agent -topic and asked if I was interested in becoming to her defender partner. I answered "hell f*cking yes" and it didn't take long for us to set-up SBH together with @mir02k1 and @Pettersson12. At that time I hardly even knew the buttons to the game, but Sami believed in me and many, many times he told me that I'm really talented player and one day I'll be playing really high level. Sami has been like a mentor to me during my career. Life is not fair. Sometimes it gives and sometimes it takes. R.I.P, my friend. 

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    Sami was the guy for me who gave me a chance to try to play at higher level of play and I couldn't have dreamed of having a more supportive person to play with. Through him I have met some great people in this community and so I'm extremely sad to not be able to play with him ever again or hear his "porilainen charmi" in full display. Thank you Sami for believing in me and I wish that you're now in a happier place.

    Rest in peace dear captain, keep laying that body wherever you are.

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    Remember playing against Ampuhaukka a lot, there was a time when it felt like our clubs met at least once every week, good battles were rolling down the left meant you were going to get hit - always a fan of his playing style. Sometimes we played game or two together in the same team, always supportive when my good old stone hands failed to bring desired results. Even shared ECL team for a brief time back in the day.

    Sad news, really sad. All the best to the family and friends, Rip Ampuhaukka :( 

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    We have only but a short time to spend on earth. That’s the hard reality and I really wished it wasn’t true for you. Rest in peace Ampu 😥

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    I guess we never say these things when people are still alive but Im proud about Sami and his ECL career. Remember him from I think PS3 times and way back. 
    Gentleman that didnt deserve to go this early. Might go back to playing winger since hes not going to wreck me anymore. All the love to his family and kids. ❤️

    Rest Easy, Sami. 

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    I had the chance to play with Ampu while being part of my first summer cup adventure here on PS4 and we kept in touch over the years, occasionally filling a spot when it was needed. He stood out to me as a calm and caring gentleman and showed his many strengths on the virtual ice. It's sad to hear these news, but hopefully you are in a better place now ❤️ My deepest condoleances to the family and friends of Sami. May you rest in peace

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