It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad demise of Olympic and World Cup umpire, Eric Denis. Eric, aged 52, had a wonderful career both on and off the pitch.
A Belgian Airforce pilot, he subsequently became a pilot for the Belgian Royal family as well as base captain for Norwegian Airlines, working from Barcelona.
He umpired at the highest level; the pinnacle of his career was being a part of the umpiring panel of the World Cup 1998 in Utrecht and of the Sydney Games in 2000.
We extend our deep condolences to his family at this most difficult time.
Gone too soon, the international hockey family will sorely miss him.