NHL sends condolences as BC hockey community reeling from Surrey crash that killed 3 teenage players
The BC junior hockey community is in shock after a car crash claimed the lives of young hockey players Ronin Sharma, Caleb Reimer and Parker Magnuson on Saturday.
The three teenagers, who were members of the Delta Hockey Academy, were killed after a vehicle crashed into a tree in Surrey, British Columbia, early Saturday morning.
The academy said it was “heartbroken” by the news of the deaths of its three students, saying Saturday’s tragedy is “difficult to deal with”.
“All were members of the Delta Hockey Academy,” the organization said in a statement Sunday afternoon. “Thank you to everyone in the hockey community for sharing your support for our student-athletes during this difficult time.”
The National Hockey League also posted a tweet on Sunday to support the teammates and families of the teens.
“The NHL sends its love and deepest condolences to the families of junior hockey players Caleb Reimer, Ronin Sharma and Parker Magnuson”, The Professional League wrote on Twitter.
The NHL sends its love and deepest condolences to the families of junior hockey players Caleb Reimer, Ronin Sharma and Parker Magnuson who tragically died in a car crash on Saturday.
Rest in peace boys. ️🙏
The Delta Hockey Academy Under-15 Head Coach helped train the three teenagers.
“The relationships a coach builds with players are more than special,” Tim Preston wrote on Facebook. “I will never forget the times I spent with these three amazing young men.”
He and fellow coach Shawn McBride threw a memorial at Delta’s Planet ice hockey rinks with the jerseys and candles of the victims, “to show our love for Caleb, Ronin and Parker.”
The Edmonton Oil Kings hockey team offered its condolences to the families of the teens in a statement Sunday. General manager Kirt Hill described Reimer, 16, who was drafted to the squad, as “a young man with a bright future on and off the ice.” He was someone you loved to be with, he was a great teammate and a good friend.
“I’ll never forget the first phone call we had the day we drafted it into Caleb’s organization and Caleb’s excitement on the other end of the phone,” Hill said.
The Vancouver Giants junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League was one of many members of the sporting community to offer condolences to the families of the three players over the weekend, as was the Kamloops Jackets, The Adventurers of Prince Albert, Kings of Powell River and other regional hockey teams.
“The entire Vancouver Giants organization would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families, teammates and friends of Delta Wild Hockey players Caleb Reimer, Ronin Sharma and Parker Magnuson,” the organization tweeted Sunday morning.
Tali Campbell, general manager of the BC Hockey League’s Coquitlam Express Junior “A” hockey club, said he had met Magnuson and Sharma at training camps and expressed his condolences to the families of the three players.
“When I heard the news and heard who it was, your heart breaks for their families, friends, teammates and the whole community,” Campbell told CBC News. “The hockey community is small.
“These three young men had a busy life ahead of them – a busy hockey career and a life after hockey. It is obviously devastating news when a life is lost, especially young people who have a bright future.
Kevin Gallant’s teenage son played hockey with two of the victims, Reimer and Magnuson, in Cloverdale, and was friends with all three.
These three young men had a busy life ahead of them – a busy hockey career and a life after hockey.– Tali Campbell, General Manager, Coquitlam Express Hockey Club
“Such an unthinkable tragedy today, the loss of three teenagers is staggering,” Gallant wrote on Facebook on Saturday. “All three went to Delta Hockey Academy and he was sure all three would make a positive mark in this world.”
The Surrey Eagles hockey team tweeted that “even though we play for different teams, the hockey community is really one big family” and said that its members are “heartbroken”.
“Our deepest condolences to all who know and love Ronin, Caleb and Parker,” the team tweeted.
Carla Qualtrough, who until the election was called the Member of Parliament for Delta, tweeted her condolences on Saturday.
“I am saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of three promising young members of the Delta Hockey Academy team … Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Parker Magnuson, Ronin Sharma and Caleb Reimer”, a- she wrote on Twitter.
In an interview, Corporal of the Surrey RCMP. Vanessa Munn said the victims were 16 and 17 years old.
“It’s just a tragedy, and all the more tragic since it involved three young people,” Munn said. “I am sure the community as a whole will feel a great sense of loss.”
The Langley Rivermens, for whom Sharma played, are members of the Continental Division of the BC Hockey League.
Even though we play for different teams, the hockey community is really a big family. We are heartbroken to learn of the loss of three family members early this morning.
Our deepest condolences to all who know and love Ronin, Caleb and Parker. 💚🏒 https://t.co/FO0V3FId5s
On Twitter, Western Elite Hockey Prospects expressed their “heartfelt condolences” to the teens, stating that there were “no words of comfort to give” in the tragedy and adding, “Please know that the hockey community is here for you. all “.
Officers say they responded to reports of an accident on 104th Avenue near Highway 1 in the Fraser Heights neighborhood around 3 a.m. PT.
The cause of the crash is not yet known
RCMP and emergency responders determined that all three people in the vehicle were dead.
Earlier today, Munn said it was too early to determine the cause of the single vehicle crash.
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum said in a statement on Saturday that city council was sending its “deepest condolences to the families.”
Police are asking witnesses to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.solvecrime.ca.