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Kamloops Blazers forward Sopotyk paralyzed in weekend snowboarding accident

Blazers forward paralyzed

UPDATE: 8:57 p.m.

The Kamloops Blazers issued a statement Sunday saying the club was "devastated" by the news of 19-year-old forward Kyrell Sopotyk's "life-altering" injury.

"He is a tremendous young man and an exemplary representative of our hockey club," the statement read.

"The Blazer family is behind Kyrell and the Sopotyks. At this time, we will respect the privacy of his family."


ORIGINAL STORY: 6:42 p.m.

A 19-year-old Kamloops Blazers forward has been paralyzed in a snowboarding accident.

According to a GoFundMe page set up Sunday, Kyrell Sopotyk was left with life-changing injuries following a weekend incident.

Sopotyk is from Aberdeen, Sask. The GoFundMe does not make clear where he was when the injury took place.

“We’re raising this money to help support any possible renovations, healthcare costs and any other supports [the Sopotyk family] may require,” the post reads.

Sopotyk tallied 27 points for the Blazers in the 2019-2020 Western Hockey League season that was cut short in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, the GoFundMe had raised nearly $36,000 of its $50,000 goal.



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