Red Deer Optimist Chief player killed in collision

Ryan McBeath, 17, was an assistant captain on the team

(Photo courtesy Ryan McBeath’s Twitter)

McBeath killed in collision

Ryan McBeath, an assistant captain on the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs hockey team, died in a car accident Tuesday.

The Chiefs’ said via Twitter the 17-year-old McBeath from Olds passed away.

“He was a one-of-a-kind player, but an even better person. He gave everything (he) had for his brothers on the team,” the tweet from the Chiefs said.

Ken Frame, Chiefs team manager, said he and the team are in shock.

“It’s one of those things you can’t believe has happened,” Frame said. “I don’t cry very often, but I’ve shed a couple tears today.”

The team’s year-end party was scheduled for Thursday; team management and players are trying to figure out what the next step will be.

“All of the boys are together and are bonding as a team,” said Frame. “There’s nothing you can do other than be together and get some strength from your teammates.”

McBeath was universally loved on the team, Frame said.

“He was such a good kid. We had a good bond together and a good relationship. He was one of my go-to guys on the team.

“He was always having fun … and was one of the jokesters in the room. He will be sorely missed,” he said.

 

Ryan McBeath, an assistant captain with the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs, passed away Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Ryan McBeath’s Twitter)

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