Applause rings round rink for Amy Usher

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Applause rang round Fife Ice Arena on Saturday in memory of a young ice hockey fan.

Amy Usher lost her fight with a rare type of throat cancer last week. She was just 21.

The Sheffield Steelers supporter was diagnosed over two years ago, and set up an online fundraising campaign to help the hsopital which treated her.

Her aim of raising £200 snowballed as ice hockey supporters rallied and raised thousands of £s with the hashtag #hockeyfamilysticktogether being shared widely on Twitter.

There were also chants of support at rinks up and down the country as news of her story - and her fundraising - grew.

Amy was rinkside on many match nights in Sheffield and forged a strong bond with her local team.

Amy Usher (right) with her sister Beth.

Amy Usher (right) with her sister Beth.

To mark her passing, before Saturday’s game between Fife Flyers and Belfast Giants, over 2000 fans stood for a minute’s applause, where her name was chanted once again.

Steelers clinched the EIHL league title the same night and dedicated the win to her memory.