British Columbia’s junior hockey community is reeling after a vehicle crash took the lives of teenage hockey players Ronin Sharma, Caleb Reimer and Parker Magnuson on Saturday.
The three teens, who were members of the Delta Hockey Academy, were killed after a vehicle crashed into a tree in Surrey, B.C., early Saturday morning.
The National Hockey League issued a tweet on Sunday in support of the teens’ teammates and families.
“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 passed away in a car accident on Saturday. <br><br>Rest in peace boys. ❤️🙏
Delta Hockey Academy’s head coach for under-15s helped train all three teens.
“The relationships a coach builds with the players is beyond special,” Tim Preston wrote on Facebook. “I will never forget the times spent with these three incredible young men.”
He and fellow coach Shawn McBride started a memorial at Delta’s Planet Ice hockey rinks featuring the victims’ jerseys and candles, “to show our love for Caleb, Ronin and Parker.”
The Edmonton Oil Kings hockey team issued condolences to the teens’ families in a statement on Sunday. General manager Kirt Hill described Reimer, 16, who was drafted to the team, as “a young man with a bright future both on and off the ice. He was a person that you loved to be around, he was a great teammate and a great friend.
“I will never forget the first phone call we had the day we drafted him to the organization and the excitement of Caleb on the other end of the line,” Hill said.
The Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants junior hockey team was one of many in the sports community to send condolences to the three players’ families over the weekend, as did the Kamloops Blazers, Prince Albert Raiders, Powell River Kings 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 on Sunday morning.
Tali Campbell, general manager of the B.C. Hockey League’s Coquitlam Express Junior “A” Hockey Club, said he met Magnuson and Sharma through training camps, and he expressed his condolences to the families of all three players.
“When I got the news and heard who it was, your heart just breaks for their families, their friends, their teammates and the whole community,” Campbell told CBC News. “The hockey community is small.
“These three young men had a full life ahead of them — a full hockey career and life after hockey. It’s devastating news obviously when any life is lost, especially young people who have bright futures.”
Kevin Gallant’s teenage son played hockey with two of the victims, Reimer and Magnuson, in Cloverdale, and was friends with all three players.
These three young men had a full life ahead of them — a full hockey career and life after hockey– Tali Campbell, general manager, Coquitlam Express Hockey Club
“Such unthinkable tragedy today, the loss of three teenagers is staggering,” Gallant wrote on Facebook on Saturday. “All three went to Delta Hockey Academy and it was certain 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 truly is one big family” and said its members are “heartbroken.”
“Our deepest, most heartfelt condolences to everyone who knows and loves Ronin, Caleb and Parker,” the team tweeted.
Carla Qualtrough, who until the election was called was the member of Parliament for Delta, tweeted her condolences on Saturday.
“I am saddened to hear of the tragic passing of three young, promising team members from the Delta Hockey Academy…. Deepest condolences with the family and friends of Parker Magnuson, Ronin Sharma and Caleb Reimer,” she wrote on Twitter.
In an interview, Surrey RCMP Cpl. Vanessa Munn said the victims were 16 and 17 years old.
“This is just a tragedy, and even more tragic being that it involved three youths,” Munn said. “I’m sure the community as a whole is going to feel a great sense of loss.”
The Langley Rivermen, for whom Sharma played, is a member of the Mainland Division of the British Columbia Hockey League.
Even though we play for different teams, the hockey community truly is one big family. We are heartbroken to learn of the loss of three of our family early this morning.<br><br>Our deepest, most heartfelt condolences to everyone who knows and loves Ronin, Caleb, and Parker. 💚🏒 <a href=”https://t.co/FO0V3FId5s”>https://t.co/FO0V3FId5s</a>
On Twitter, Western Elite Hockey Prospects expressed its “heartfelt condolences” to the teens, stating there are “no words of comfort that can be given,” in the tragedy and adding, “Know that the hockey community is here for you all.”
Officers say they responded to reports of a crash on 104th Avenue near Highway 1 in the Fraser Heights neighbourhood at about 3 a.m. PT.
Cause of crash not yet known
The RCMP and emergency responders determined all three in the vehicle were dead.
Earlier in the day, 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 sends its “deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families.”
Police are asking witnesses to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.
Is this it as a Ryder Cup player? Lee Westwood shares singles win with son as caddie – Golf Channel
Whether or not Lee Westwood will captain the European Ryder Cup team in Rome, Italy in 2023, he seemed resigned to the fact that this was his last competition as a player.
“Listen, this match I played this afternoon, it might be the last match I’ve played in the Ryder Cup. I’d rather it wasn’t, but I’m 49 next April, and the likelihood is it is. I got to share it with my son. Won my point,” Westwood said Sunday evening, pausing to hold back tears.
“I hate this tournament. It makes you so emotional, but that’s what makes it great as well.”
Westwood’s son, Sam, was his caddie this week as the 48-year-old Englishman won his singles match, 1 up, over Harris English.
Westwood went 1-2-0 at Whistling Straits, moving his all-time record to 21-20-6. His 11 appearances tie him with Nick Faldo for most ever, on either side.
Westwood was one of four 40-somethings on this year’s European team, along with Ian Poulter, 45, Paul Casey, 44, and Sergio Garcia, 41. While this may mark the end of Westwood’s career as a player (he’ll most certainly be a future captain), Poulter, Casey and Garcia weren’t ready to concede to the future.
When asked by a reporter, “For the veteran guys, I don’t want to suggest for a second that you won’t be back, but do you find yourself taking it in more just in case?”
Garcia responded, “I’m not answering this one. I’m not a veteran.”
To which Westwood followed, “I guess that’s me, then, is it?”
If this is it for Westwood, he leaves as a member of seven victorious European teams.
Blue Jays beat Twins; stay two back in AL wild-card race – TSN
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Teoscar Hernández, Marcus Semien and George Springer homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays held their position in the playoff chase by beating the Minnesota Twins 6-1 Saturday night.
Robbie Ray (13-6) scattered three hits in six innings as the Blue Jays ended a three-game slide.
Toronto stayed two games behind Boston and New York in the AL wild-card race with seven games remaining.
Semien hit his 43rd home run in the sixth for a 3-1 lead. That tied him with Dave Johnson of Atlanta in 1973 for the most home runs in a season by a second baseman.
Springer snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a two-run shot in the seventh. It was his 18th of the season and first since Sept. 11.
Ray, who leads the AL with a 2.68 ERA and tops the majors with 244 strikeouts, gave up one run and fanned six.
Minnesota scored on a sacrifice fly in the first and had runners on in four of the next five innings. Ray escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth, ending his outing by getting Miguel Sanó to foul out and Nick Gordon to line out. The Twins were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
Hernández homered and Santiago Espinal scored on a double by Randal Grichuk, coupled with an error by right fielder Brent Rooker, for a 2-1 lead in the second.
Out since Sept. 14 with a left abdominal strain, Minnesota starter John Gant (5-10) came off the 10-day injured list and allowed two runs — one earned — in three innings.
Former 1B Justin Morneau was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame.
The native of New Westminster, British Columbia, hit .278 in 11 years with the club. Morneau ranks second on the Twins all-time list in games played at first base (1,124), third in home runs (221), sixth in RBI (860), and eighth in hits (1,318) and walks (501). The American League MVP in 2006 also was a four-time All-Star. He finished his 14-year career with stints in Pittsburgh, Colorado and with the White Sox, and was inducted in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020. He remains with the Twins as a special assistant to baseball operations and part-time analyst on the team’s television broadcasts.
Blue Jays: RHP Joakim Soria was placed on the COVID-related injured list and LHP Kirby Snead was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. … Manager Charlie Montoyo said OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. might not return to the lineup until Tuesday. Gurriel’s hand was stepped on by a teammate during an outfield play Thursday and he received stitches in his middle finger.
Twins: To make room for Gant, RHP Joe Ryan was placed on the family medical emergency/bereavement list.
Toronto RHP Alek Manoah (7-2, 3.36) and Twins RHP Griffin Jax (3-4, 6.75) are Sunday afternoon’s scheduled starters. Manoah has allowed just two earned runs and six hits over 14 innings across his past two starts.
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Canadiens @ Maple Leafs recap: Most certainly a pre-season game – Habs Eyes on the Prize
After what felt like an eternity, the Montreal Canadiens were back on the ice for a game. The team they faced was the club they embarrassed in the first round of the 2021 NHL playoffs, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sure, Toronto blew a 3-1 series lead in the post-season, but it’s a new (pre-)season now and the Canadiens are a much different club.
Of course, this is also the first game of the pre-season, so it’s not like we were seeing the final product for Montreal or Toronto. However, this game was a chance to see the return of the Tyler Toffoli, Nick Suzuki, and Cole Caufield line. It also saw Alexander Romanov playing alongside Jeff Petry, in addition to the debuts of Mathieu Perreault and Cedric Paquette for the Habs after signing in the off-season.
Toronto came out with the early chances, including William Nylander dangling around Gianni Fairbrother, but Cayden Primeau stood tall to deny the chance in tight before the Canadiens drew the game’s first power play.
The man advantage was far from finely tuned, but the top line created a few looks as Toffoli and Caufield worked into the inner slot against the Leafs’ penalty kill. A few errant passes kept the Habs from establishing any sort of real zone time. Toronto continued to amp up the pressure at even strength, but some heady defensive work from Brandon Baddock helped to defuse the Toronto attack.
A Rich Clune hit from behind on Lukas Vejdemo sent Montreal to another power play and Vejdemo to the Habs’ locker room. Dominique Ducharme opted to just roll his lines as the man advantage took effect, but there were no goals to find.
As the play once again returned to five-on-five, Toronto’s top line got a favourable matchup against Montreal’s third pair and took full advantage. Arber Xhekaj drifted off his assignment behind Xavier Ouellet, leaving a swath of open ice for Nylander to feed a pass to a pinching Jake Muzzin. The veteran defender had all day to uncork a laser shot past Cayden Primeau and give the Leafs the lead.
Muzzin nearly added another goal late in the period as he drew out Primeau from his net, but overhandled the puck before firing a weak wrist shot right into Primeau’s pads.
Montreal’s best look came off a big rebound from Michael Hutchinson that Mathieu Perreault swatted back on net. The period ended with Toronto still leading, and the game clearly being the first in a long time for both sides.
The second period start was far from what the Canadiens wanted as Paquette was called for a hook in the offensive zone. On the ensuing power play, it took the Leafs 10 seconds to score on a John Tavares tip in front of the net to double the Leafs’ lead.
Kurtis Gabriel brought the temperature of the game to a mild simmer as he drilled Brandon Baddock with his head down in the offensive zone. Baddock didn’t take kindly to the hit, springing up and tossing Gabriel to the ice along with his gloves, and for his trouble was given an extra stay in the penalty box.
The Habs were able to fend off the power play, but it wasn’t long before a J.-C. Beaudin slash sent them right back to the penalty kill. Primeau did well to fend off a strong Toronto attack, but by the time the kill was over the shot advantage had grown to 19-5 for Toronto.
Montreal made a switch in net at the game’s midpoint, giving Michael McNiven some well-earned game time. McNiven was tested immediately as Toronto nearly bounced a shot off the end boards and then the back of McNiven’s pads, but the netminder was able to flop back and stop the puck.
Not long after that, Michael Bunting broke in alone, but McNiven tracked him well and denied the forward with a nice pad stop. The Habs somehow managed to find themselves in a three-on-zero situation shortly thereafter. Cole Caufield fired his shot, but wide of the net.
With that miss the Canadiens went to the second intermission trailing by three and looking to find a few positives in the final 20 minutes.
The start to the third was much better than the previous 40 minutes. Toffoli fed a perfect cross-zone feed to Caufield, but new goalie Ian Scott was able to get across and blocker the puck out of play.
Montreal as a whole was much stronger as it peppered Scott with chances, but the young goalie stood tall on all of them. Then, with was later revealed to be a groin injury, Scott left the game, with Hutchinson once again popping up in the net.
At the other end, McNiven put together a highlight reel of great saves. Josh Ho-Sang was able to sneak behind the defence on a breakaway, but McNiven met his challenge with a shoulder save to keep Toronto’s lead at three.
Then it was Jake Muzzin finding space in front of the net again, but McNiven got his blocker on that for another outstanding stop on the Leafs’ veteran blue-liner. Unfortunately for McNiven, he also ended up with the biggest blooper of the night when he came out to play the puck, but set it up on a tee for Gabriel. The Leafs’ tough guy had no issue launching it into the open cage to put the game well out of reach late in the third period.
Montreal was able to get themselves on the board late in the game thanks to Toffoli. Romanov fired a pass from his own zone that Suzuki bumped along to Toffoli. The Habs’ leading goal-scorer from last year buried it past Michael Hutchinson to break the shutout bid.
That was the only goal the Canadiens ended up scoring, as Toronto saw the game out in Montreal’s zone. The Leafs also “won” the post-game shootout for the fans as Ilya Mikheyev bested McNiven in the fourth round, while Mathieu Perreault could not solve Hutchinson at the other end.
The Habs have their annual Red vs. White scrimmage today at 3:00 PM EDT, and their next actual preseason game is a rematch against Toronto on Monday evening.
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