The Huntsville hockey fan base and that of the Southern Professional Hockey League received the sad news over the weekend of the passing of former player Dan Buccella.
Buccella, who was 39 years old, had battled leukemia for the last few years.
Dan Buccella – SPHL veteran
We’re incredibly sad to hear about the passing of former Havoc player, Dan Buccella.— Huntsville Havoc (@HuntsvilleHavoc) November 6, 2022
He was an incredible player and an even better person.
Rest in peace, Dan. pic.twitter.com/MGFazwuKCZ
A native of Woodbridge, ON, Buccella played eight seasons in the SPHL with Fayetteville, Huntsville, Knoxville, Louisiana and Pensacola.
Buccella appeared in 322 regular season games, scoring 110 goals and adding 134 assists, and served as the Ice Flyers’ captain during the 2011-2012 campaign.
The following season, Buccella helped lead Pensacola to their first President’s Cup Championship as he scored a pair of goals in seven playoff games, including the overtime game-winner in Game 1 of the President’s Cup Finals against Huntsville.
He is survived by his wife Tiffany, and sons Caleb and Lucas.
Huntsville Havoc career
Buccella played for the Huntsville Channel Cats in the 2003-04 season and for the Havoc in the 2004-05 season before leaving the Rocket City during that season for Memphis in the CHL.
Buccella returned to Huntsville and played for the Havoc from 2006 to 2008. He also participated in multiple Legends Games for former players.
Here are his full career stats: