Junior Hockey Community Mourns Passing Of Brendan Burge
B.C's junior hockey community continues to offer tributes to the family of 24 year old Brendan Burge, who has been identified on social media as the victim of a deadly weekend fall from the balcony of a building in Kelowna.
Burge was born in Salmon Arm, and was a well-known junior hockey player, having played with the Revelstoke Grizzlies, Fernie Ghostriders, and Columbia Valley Rockies.
Rockies Head Coach Wade Dubielewicz had Burge for his final season of junior in 2012-13 "He was the most skilled player in the league, and he injected this level of confidence within the rest of the group - and we basically became a team because of it. A very confident person, really good leader, and a great hockey player."
Burge played only 21 games for Columbia Valley, but Dubielewicz says that the organization plans on retiring his #27 "He didn't spend a ton of time here, but the time he did spend he was very influential on our team, and on our community."
In a Monday phone call Dubielewicz offered his sympathy to the Burge family "My condolences go out to his family. May he rest in peace."
Posts on Facebook suggest that a celebration of life will be held at Salmon Arm's Shaw Centre this Saturday.
Further details about Friday's incident are likely to come from the Coroner's Service.