Surrey-raised hockey player Dhaliwal found dead in New York hotel room

The BC Hockey League community is in mourning after losing an alumnus over the weekend.

Former West Kelowna Warrior forward Parmjot “Parm” Dhaliwal was found dead in a New York hotel room on Sunday, July 30, the team announced via Twitter. He was 23 years old.

The circumstances surrounding the death are unknown at the time.

“I don’t know anything about what happened yet,” Dhaliwal’s father Andy said on Wednesday (August 3).

A native of Surrey, Dhaliwal cut his teeth at Yale Hockey Academy in Abbotsford prior to his junior hockey career, which he kicked off in the 2015-16 BCHL season playing two games with the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Dhaliwal spent the next three seasons as a key member of the Warriors, culminating in a point-per-game effort in 2018-19.

Although still under contract the following season with the Warriors, Dhaliwal was sidelined by concussion issues, effectively ending his hockey career.

News of the passing quickly reached social media, with teams across the league paying tribute.

BCHL sent its own condolences via Twitter after hearing the news.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday August 7 at Delta, at the Riverside Funeral Home from 10 a.m., with an event to follow at noon at Dukh Nivaran Gurdward, 15255 68 Avenue, Surrey.

with file by Tom Zillich

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