Teen hockey players Ronin Sharma, Parker Magnuson, and Caleb Reimer died Saturday when their car crashed into a tree in Surrey’s Fraser Heights in British Columbia. The three boys, deemed hockey superstars, were pronounced dead at the scene. Police found their vehicle smashed on the side of the road and it’s still not clear what caused the fatal crash.
First responders found the totaled car in the 16000-block of 104th Avenue early Saturday morning, according to reports. At least one person witnessed the crash. An investigation is ongoing to determine what happened to the three promising hockey players.
Caleb Reimer, 16, Ronin Sharma, 16, and Parker Magnuson, 17, were all up-and-coming athletes. They played for the Delta Hockey Academy and were poised to have long careers in the game.
As of Monday morning, authorities still don’t know what caused the tragic crash. It wasn’t said whether driver intoxication or inclement weather conditions were factors in the accident.
Surrey RCMP Cpl. Vanessa Munn said in a statement that “our team is still actively working to determine the events leading up to the collision.” She explained that “the investigation is still in the early stages” but that a witness was “on scene at the time police arrived.”
The three boys were honored across social media over the weekend, with fans, coaches, and hockey leagues paying tribute to the deceased players. Delta Hockey Academy’s head coach, Tim Preston, helped train all three of the boys in the early stages of their careers.
“Today was a day filled with heartbreak and agony,” Preston wrote on Facebook. “The relationships a coach builds with the players is beyond special. I will never forget the times spent with these three incredible young men. I am saddened beyond words today. @shawn.p.mcbride and I have started a small memorial at planet ice delta to show our love for Caleb, Ronin, and Parker. You will forever be missed, but never forgotten.”
Attached to the Facebook post was a tribute Preston made for Ronin Sharma, Parker Magnuson, and Caleb Reimer. Preston hung their jerseys on the way above candles and flowers placed on the floor.
Among those mourning the tragic loss was fellow hockey player Jonathan Soares and Mackenzie Hopkins, who attended the memorial in Canada Sunday. Soares explained that all three boys “were all super nice, super kind loving kids. They played their minds out.”
Hopkins admitted that “it’s so terrible to see them gone. I’ll never forget them.”
Even the NHL paid tribute to the hockey hopefuls. The hockey league posted to Twitter Sunday, writing that “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. Rest in peace boys.”
According to reports, Caleb Reimer played in Canada’s Western Hockey League for the Edmonton Oil Kings last season. His friend, Ronin Sharma, competed in the BC Hockey League. He was an incoming rookie for the Langley Rivermen. All the teens were expected to make a big impact on the game.
Reiner’s team, the Edmonton Oil Kings, sent its condolences to the teens’ families. Kirt Hill, the general manager for the team, drafted young Reimer 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.” Hill continued, admitting that “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.”
According to Tali Campbell, the general manager for the B.C. Hockey League’s Coquitlam Express Junior “A” Hockey Club, Ronin Sharma, Parker Magnuson, and Caleb Reimer “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.”