An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a car wreck that claimed the lives of three teenage hockey players in Canada early Saturday morning.
Caleb Reimer, 16, Ronin Sharma, 16, and Parker Magnuson, 17, were declared dead after their car crashed into a tree in Surrey, at about 2:45 a.m., Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed.
All three teenagers were members of the Delta Hockey Academy and had bright, promising futures ahead of them, officials said.
Caleb Reimer, 16, (center), one of three teenage hockey players killed in a car wreck, played for minor league Edmonton Oil Kings last year after being drafted in first round in 2019
Parker Magnuson, 17, was one of three teenage hockey players killed in a car wreck early Saturday in Surrey, British Colombia
Ronin Sharma, 16, was set to play for B.C. Hockey League’s Langley Rivermen
While the cause of the fatal wreck remains unknown, the RCMP’s integrated collision analysis and reconstructive service and the criminal collision investigation team is currently investigating the incident.
‘Our team is still actively working to determine the events leading up to the collision,’ said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Vanessa Munn.
‘The investigation is still in its early stages,’ she said, noting that a witness was ‘on scene at the time police arrived.’
In a statement released by the Delta Hockey Academy on Twitter, the hockey league said they are ‘heartbroken’ over the tragedy.
‘We are heartbroken to share the tragic news of the passing of three Delta Hockey Academy student-athletes early Saturday morning,’ the statement read.
Surrey RCMP are investigating a triple fatal, single car crash in Surrey, British Colombia, which claimed the lives of three teenage hockey players
‘The news of such premature deaths is always a shock and difficult to process,’ the statement continued . ‘We are sensitive to the fact that such an event has an impact on our student-athletes as well as the wider hockey community.’
Reimer was selected by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round (18th overall) of the 2019 Western Hockey League bantam draft and spent the last season playing for them.
‘Caleb was 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,’ said Oil Kings president and general manager Kirt Hill.
‘We will truly miss having Caleb in our lives each and every day. He was part of our family and will be a tremendous loss in all of our hearts.’
Sharma was in the process of beginning his rookie campaign with the B.C. Hockey League’s Langley Rivermen.
‘We lost a young man who made each and every one of our lives better, as well as brighter, every day he came to play the game we all love,’ the Rivermen said in a statement.
Requests for comment to Surrey RCMP from DailyMail.com went unanswered immediately.