LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) One of the co-owners of the IceGators during the final years of the franchise here in Lafayette has passed away.

Chuck Anselmo, Jr. died Monday.

He had a true passion for the sport of hockey.

He and his son Chuck bought the team from Danny Smith in 2010 under the ownership group J.S. Ventures.

He had a true love of life, and I was honored to know him over the final years of the IceGators existence in Lafayette.

He was ailing in health over the past few weeks and after a fall and a series of seizures, he passed away.

As far as we know, his death was not related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anselmo was 79 years old.