Sad news to report by way of the Regina Pats today. An under-age defenceman is in hospital in Calgary after a car accident in that city early on Saturday morning. The accident has claimed the life of a female occupant in the car who was also from Regina.
The Pats have issued the following release:
"The accident took place early this morning in Calgary and I regret that not only has this accident left [the player] in hospital but has resulted in the death of a young lady from Regina.*the name of the player has been removed due to his age and Canadian Law.
At this point in time we do not know enough details to comment about the circumstances surrounding the accident and we will wait for the authorities to give us this information before we comment.
This is an incredibly difficult situation for me and our family as we are close with the young lady who died, as she was a close friend of our daughter. She was a beautiful young lady and she will be missed!
Chad [Lang] and Russ [Parker] are in Calgary and at the hospital with [the player] and his family but we do not have a status report on the extent of [the player's] injuries at this time.
We ask that both families be shown some courtesy at this difficult time and that all media inquiries be directed through Chad or myself [Brent Parker]. We will update you again later today on [the player's] situation. The tragedy here is the loss of life and we will not lose sight of this but we will support [the player] as a member of our organization as he deals with this situation."