I just learned today that former Golden Knight Sean Hazel passed away in September apparently due to complications from diabetes and cancer. Hazel was a key player on the 1987-88 Gannon team that advanced to the Division II Elite 8, falling at Troy (Ala.) in the quarterfinals.
Here's what I wrote on this blog about Hazel in 2011 when reminiscing about the best slashers in Gannon history: Hazel played just one year, scoring 126 points, but GU fans
didn't get to see him full-speed due to an injury. I saw him 100%
healthy during summer games at the Gannon Rec Center. He would
single-handledly destroy the 1989-90 team that went to Springfield. He
had an NBA body and explosiveness no one could match.
This memory I have is over 25 years old, but it's still vivid in my mind. We're playing shirts vs. skins at the Rec Center, and I jump to grab a defensive rebound. I thought it was going to fall into my hands until Hazel comes out of nowhere, snatches the ball with two hands, and thunder-slams it through the basket to finish the game. He made contact with me, but you couldn't call it "over the back" because he was up so high his abdomen hit me on the left side of my face.
Rest in peace Sean Hazel.