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Former Hockey Association of Malta president Busuttil Leaver dies

The Maltese hockey fraternity in Malta is saddened by the news of the death of former association president Chris Busuttil Leaver.

Busuttil Leaver was at the helm of the Hockey Association of Malta from 2000 to 2018 and during his time in the office he worked hard to try and promote the sport in Malta.

“Chris was more than just the President. He was vibrant character and left an unforgettable mark on hockey and all those who knew him,” the Hockey Association of Malta said in a statement.

“His tenure as President was marked by unwavering dedication, passion for the sport and a strong commitment to righteousness and integrity. He always had something to say, and his words reflected his beliefs and genuine concern for the hockey community.”

During Busuttil Leaver’s spell as president, the Hockey Association of Malta, the governing body obtained the lease of the National Hockey Centre in Corradino.

“The installation of the artificial grass surface at the hockey centre under his wing was a defining moment for Maltese hockey development, both locally and internationally,” the statement added.

Busuttil Leaver was a former hockey player and was on books of Banks, Luxol and White Hart hockey teams.

“Chris was well known for his well-intended and principled stance on all matters ensuring that decisions were made in the best interest of the sport and its participants,” the Hockey Association of Malta statement said.

“His legacy is one of integrity and belief in the power of sport to bring people together.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Nathalie, his son Luke, a former hockey player and a current umpire, his family and friends and all who had the privilege of knowing him.

“Rest in peace dear Chris. You will be dearly missed, and you will always be remembered.”

A long-serving executive at Bank of Valletta, Busuttil Leaver was also active in his sectoral union and served as president of the Malta Union of Bank Employees.

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