The Colorado Capitals were not amused.
“We were shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Ryan Keslers passing away,” said the team in a statement.
Kesler, 23, died Sunday at age 35 after battling cancer.
He was a teammate of Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.
On Tuesday, Kesler posted a video to Instagram showing him holding a bottle of water in his left hand, and using a pen to write, “RIP Ryan Kesls.”
“RIP Ryan, I love you so much,” he said, adding, “I just hope you’ll come back for us all.”
The Avalanche, the team that drafted Kesler in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft, released a statement Tuesday.
The Avalanche “are saddened by this passing and their thoughts are with Ryan’s family and friends.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends,” the team said.
“We are deeply saddened by his passing.”
Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic added that Kesler was “an outstanding player and a tremendous person” who played his whole career in the NHL.
Earlier Tuesday, the Capitals released a video that included a message to Kesler and his family.
In the video, Keslers family members can be seen in their dressing room at Verizon Center, and players and staff can be heard crying.
Crosby, who has been with the Capitals since 2007, told the Associated Press that Keslers death “is very, very sad for everyone.”
Kerby, meanwhile, told ESPN’s Mike Reiss that he was “shocked” by the news.
But, he added, “Ryan was a great person, he was a terrific person.
He will be missed.”
The Capitals said in a written statement Tuesday that the team was saddened by Kesler “who was an integral part of our organization for over 20 years.
He was a true professional and was a big part of what made our franchise so special.””
The Capitals are committed to his family’s needs and will offer support to the family during this difficult time,” the statement said.