City mourns the loss of young warrior

Taten (centre) with a few of his friends in the fall of 2014

Sault Ste. Marie has lost one of its youngest warriors Tuesday morning. Taten Hammerberg lost his battle with cancer, he was just ten years old.

Last month Taten’s conditioned worsened. Taten and his family felt the love of the city over the last year with several benefits held on his behalf. Taten attended Granview Public School and was active in sports despite having one of his legs amputated.Fundraisers this past year also saw of of his dreams come true when he and his family flew to Disney world.

Yesterday the  Sault Area Football Association announced the creation of the Taten Hammerberg award. The Taten Hammerberg Award will be awarded annually to the SMFL player who demonstrates courage and perseverance in overcoming adversity on and off the field. Taten Hammerberg will be the first recipient.

In addition to creating the Taten Hammerberg Award, the SMFL is proud to announce that it will also be taking part in the “Taten’s Warriors” campaign. All players in the SMFL will wear a “Taten’s Warriors” sticker on their helmets during the upcoming season, and the league will be making a donation in Taten’s name to ARCH.

The following was issued from the Sault Minor Hockey Association on the passing of Taten.

We have just received noticed that it is a sad day for the hockey community of Sault Ste Marie.

With the news of the passing of Taten, there are no words that can truly express the sorrow and sadness of his loss. We can only admire and learn from the courage, strength and perseverance that Taten taught us. We can only hope to learn from the example he put forth on a daily basis.

Thank you for showing us that life is precious and that we ought to enjoy every moment and every opportunity to its absolute fullest. Thank you Taten for showing us that a sense of community is so important.

We wish Taten’s family, friends and teammates all the love, strength and compassion they will need during this difficult time. Every member of the Sault Minor Hockey family has you in our thoughts.

Rest In Peace 




  1. So incredibly sad…no words. …I hugged my daughter and cried for this little boy…my thoughts are with the family and all loved ones at this time.

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