Canadian hockey player Eli Palfreyman died aged 20 after collapsing during tournament

Ayr’s centenarians mourn one of their own.

Eli Palfreymancaptain of the Canadian junior ice hockey team Ayr Centennials, deceased August 31 after collapsing during a tournament. He was 20 years old.

According Radio CanadaPalfreyman was in the locker room during the second intermission of a preseason game when he collapsed. His mother, who is a nurse, reportedly rushed into the locker room as the team coach began chest compressions on the athlete.

By the time Palfreyman was placed in an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital, Brian Shantz, vice-president of the Centennials, told CBC that his pulse had become weak. The the athlete died A little after.

“Eli was the wonderful captain we’ve been looking forward to,” Shantz said Sept. 1 in a statement to CBC. “As captain on the ice, nobody took liberties with any of our players or they were going to hear Eli. The other players respected him for that. They knew he had his back.”

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Following Palfreyman deathhis team shared a touching tribute to their leader on social media, along with a photo of him in his uniform.

“Thank you for the outpouring of love and support for our beloved captain and handsome young man Eli,” the Centennials wrote on Facebook August 31. “Words cannot describe how much this means to his family and our Ayr Centennials family. We are all broken, but we feel your arms around us.”


The National Hockey League also expressed their condolences during a September 1 Tweeterwriting: “We are heartbroken over the loss of Eli Palfreyman, a captain and member of the hockey community who left us far too soon. Our thoughts and condolences are with Eli’s family and all of Ayr Centennials organization during this difficult time. . #RIP17.”

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Catherine J. Martinez