Toledo Walleye remember the late Harvey Steele

TOLEDO, Oh (WTVG) - Row E. Seats 19 and 20. It's a familiar view at the Huntington Center for Kara Steele.

But Friday's Walleye game was very different. It was missing someone very special: her father, Harvey Steele.

"He loved hockey. He loved the Walleye; loved the Storm; loved going to games with me," she said.

Harvey, a long-time radio host on K-100 and champion of organ donation, died Thursday after diabetic complications. He was 60 years old.

"I wasn't really sure when I would come back to see a Walleye game because it's just always been our thing," she said. "We have season tickets. He sits on the aisle, I sit right next to him, it's something we've always done together."

During Friday's game against Kalamazoo, the Walleye organization wanted to thank him for his years of loyalty. Before the puck dropped, fans and players had a moment of silence to honor the late radio host.

"When I learned they were doing a moment of silence, I knew I had to be there," Steele said.

Those who knew the avid hockey fan say all of the attention would have embarrassed him, but also would have meant a lot.

"It was a great passion for him," Matt Melzak, a former coworker and friend said of Harvey's love for hockey.

The voice of the Toledo Walleye says Harvey taught him a lot about the business and himself. In fact, many times Melzak would do some spots on K-100 and every home game, Harvey made an appearance on his air.

"On our broadcast we've done for a number of years what we called the "Harvey Cam." We'd show him going into break or coming out of a break," Melzak said.

Now, the Huntington Center is a little quieter, as his daughter sits in his place. As hard as it is to say goodbye, it's easy to see that Harvey Steele has left his mark.

"You could talk to the guy about anything," Melzak said. "He was so down to earth and very professional in everything he did."

"He was weird and hilarious," Kara said. "Everyone that I've talked to in the last two days have said there isn't a bad thing to say about my dad."