Edmonton Oil Kings forward Caleb Reimer was among three teenagers who lost their lives in a single-car crash in Surrey, B.C. on Saturday.
President and CEO Kirt Hill issued a statement expressing condolences to Reimer’s family.
“I want to extend our deepest condolences on behalf of the entire Edmonton Oil Kings organization to the Reimer family and the families of Ronin Sharma and Parker Magnuson.
“Caleb was a young man with a bright future on and off the ice. He was someone you enjoyed being around with, he was a great teammate and a great friend.
“I’ll never forget the first phone call we had the day we drafted it into Caleb’s organization and excitement on the other end of the phone. We will all remember his first WHL goal at DCA and the sheer joy and excitement followed in his celebration with his teammates. Caleb will be truly missed in our lives every day. He was part of our family and will be a huge loss in all of our hearts.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
Reimer had just enjoyed a solid rookie season in the WHL and was one of the club’s best players in his 2020-21 Central Division championship season. The 16-year-old was selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2019 WHL Prospects Draft.
Oil Kings head coach Brad Lauer also released a statement: “The past 24 hours have been extremely difficult to find the words to express our emotions.
“Caleb Reimer had a bright future ahead of him and it was gratifying as a coach to watch him develop as a person. Despite a shortened schedule, Caleb showed tremendous improvement in his first season.
“Remembering his first goal in the WHL – the excitement he got, the exuberant reaction from his teammates – it was obvious that in a short time he had become an integral part of our squad.
“He was one of those kids you love to coach – always with a smile on your face and thrilled to be a part of our team. He was determined to succeed and was an exceptional athlete – a player who makes your whole team better at it. Her presence .
He will be sadly missed by the coaches and the entire Oil Kings organization. Losing him at such a young age is difficult to deal with. My thoughts and prayers are with Caleb’s family and the families of Ronin Sharma and Parker Magnuson at this tragic time. “
The team provides support services and resources to its players during this time. Many Reimer and NHL teammates took the time to post tributes on social media.
The NHL sends its love and deepest condolences to the families of junior hockey players Caleb Reimer, Ronin Sharma and Parker Magnuson who tragically died in a car crash on Saturday.
Rest in peace boys.
– NHL (@NHL) August 22, 2021
You always had a smile on your face and you played with so much passion. We will miss your slimes. Fly high https://t.co/Pk3YaPtRRt
– Jake Neighbors (@jake_neighbors) August 21, 2021
There aren’t enough words in the world to describe how great a person you were, you made everyone smile every day. I love you always and forever brother, fly high Reimzy pic.twitter.com/BEymfLkh0D
– Jalen Luypen (@jalenluypen) August 22, 2021
The biggest smile I have ever seen after a first goal. I will miss you slimezy, fly up the ticket https://t.co/UCIEkmHP6D
– Ethan Peters (@ EthanPeters06) August 21, 2021
At a loss for words today. The world has lost a good one. One of the nicest and most caring kids I have ever met was like a brother to me. I will miss you Reims, rest my friend https://t.co/4glUkJwMvI
– Carson Latimer (@ carsonladi03) August 22, 2021
A big child with a big heart A close friend of mine and many others. The time you spent with us will never be forgotten and your positive attitude towards everything was a gift. Rest in peace buddy https://t.co/R60Sdc3Sva
– Shea Van Olm (@SheaVanOlm) August 22, 2021
I still remember the first day I met Reims in Philadelphia like it was yesterday. As soon as we found out, we both went to @EdmOilKings, we connected and built a friendship from there that was unlike any other. I am proud to call him my brother. I miss you already https://t.co/j0P2loEDC7
– kolby hay (@KolbyHay) August 22, 2021
RCMP officers say Reimer, 16, and the other two teenagers in the vehicle died after crashing into a tree.
Police, along with the Surrey Emergency Health Services and Fire Department, responded to reports of an accident in the Fraser Heights neighborhood at around 2:47 a.m. .
– With files from the Canadian Press.