Former Spitfires video coach killed fighting Pennsylvania fire

Former Windsor Spitfires video coach Sean DeMuynck is pictured with team members during the Spitfires 2017 Memorial Cup celebration at the WFCU Centre. Photo from Windsor Spitfires.

The Windsor Spitfires are mourning the sudden passing of a member of its 2017 Memorial Cup championship team.

The Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania Fire Department has confirmed that Sean DeMuynck, who had worked as the Spits’ video coach from 2013 to 2017, was killed on the Fourth of July while serving as a volunteer firefighter. DeMuynck had been working with the department for two years.

According to a release from the fire department, DeMuynck was fighting a blaze at a three-story structure in the town of Wynnewood, which involved heavy smoke and flames. Shortly after 11 p.m., a mayday was sounded. Firefighters rushed to the third floor of the building and found DeMuynck unresponsive.

DeMuynck was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased shortly before 12:30 a.m. Monday.

Lower Merion Township is located on the western outskirts of Philadelphia.

Spitfires General Manager Bill Bowler called DeMuynck’s passing a big loss to the organization and recalled his work ethic.

“The entire Windsor Spitfires organization is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former video coach Sean DeMuynck,” said Bowler in a statement. “Sean was an awesome person to be around and always came to the rink well prepared. Sean will be dearly missed by everyone.”

DeMuynck had been on the Spitfires staff that won the Memorial Cup on WFCU Centre ice in 2017, under then-head coach Rocky Thompson.

According to the fire department, DeMuynck had been working his last call before preparing to move back to Canada with his wife.

He is survived by his wife and his parents. DeMuynck’s remains were expected to be returned to Canada Monday afternoon.