To so many people, Ulvis Katlaps was much more than a hockey coach. He was a mentor of life, who seemed to know everything about anything. Ulvis didn’t only care about turning young hockey players into the best they could be, he cared about turning those boys and girls into the best men and women they could be. He did so with a love and compassion you didn’t know because he said it, you knew because you felt it. A coach who truly gave everything he had to his players. Through an unconditional love for his family, the game of hockey, and every single player who set foot in his locker room, Ulvis set forth and example for us to follow and become the organization that we are today, both on and off the ice. No one will ever replace Ulvis, he was truly one of a kind. Yet his examples live on throughout our organization, and he lives on in our hearts.
You are forever missed, UK. We know you are up there looking down on us as one of the “Hockey Gods”, so keep the good bounces coming!
Ulvis was taken from his family and all of us much to soon at age of 45 after a diagnosis of an advanced stage of stomach cancer. We as the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals (Wisconsin AAA) ask you to join us in our efforts through the American Cancer Society to help in research so we can one day rid our world of this cruel disease. We have set a goal of $5,000 and we feel that with the efforts of our alumni, combined with friends and families of the organization, and the collective attitude of making our world a better place we can reach or better yet surpass this mark. Every dollar that is raised will be donated in Ulvis Katlaps’ name so we can honor his name and all of the hard work that he put into our organization and the mark he left on on our hearts!