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The Victoria Grizzlies hockey team is set to honour Reid Kyfiuk, The 15-year-old Claremont Secondary School student, who passed away during the holidays while snowboarding at Mount Washington.
He has already been honoured by his hockey team, the midget C-5 Saanich Braves at Pearkes Recreation Centre, to a capacity crowd.
In a fitting tribute for Reid on Friday, January 8th, at The Q Centre, a special presentation and moment of silence will take place with Andy Kyfiuk, Reid’s father and an assistant coach with the Braves, who will drop the puck for the ceremonial face-off.
The Grizzlies will play host to the Powell River Kings. The Kyfiuk family moved to Saanich from Powell River and will be on hand for the game. According to a release sent out by the Grizzlies office, members of Kyfiuk’s hockey team will be recognized before the game.
“This is an important night for this community, to recognize such a great young man and the impact he had in such a short time — too short, to be sure,” said Lance Black, the Governor for the Grizzlies. “Reid’s family, teammates and friends have been so strong through this tough time, and we need to recognize this as a community.”
To further celebrate with Reid’s teammates, anyone who wears a hockey jersey to the game will gain admission for just $5, along with students and parents from Claremont School.
He died shortly before Christmas. He was found in a tree well on Mt. Washington after a freak accident.
Hundreds attended his funeral mass at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in late December. At the funeral a message read, “Reid is not gone, he’s just living in a different place now. We can still talk to him, God just took him home.”
A memorial hockey game is being planned for January.
He leaves behind his mother, father, two brothers and three sisters, along with his grandparents, aunts, uncles and countless friends.