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Grandfather of hockey’s top prospect Connor Bedard identified as one of two drivers killed in frontal crash in British Columbia

Grandfather of hockey’s top prospect Connor Bedard identified as one of two drivers killed in frontal crash in British Columbia

Two people died Tuesday in a head-on collision that closed a section of Highway 1 in the southern interior of British Columbia, with one of the dead later identified as the grandfather of hockey player Connor Bedard.

RCMP said officers were called at around 1 p.m. PT to receive reports of a serious accident involving two vehicles about seven kilometers east of Sicamous, British Columbia.

Investigators say a 73-year-old man traveling west crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound sedan driven by a 46-year-old woman from Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

The two drivers, who were both traveling alone, were found dead at the scene, the statement said.

In a tweet on Wednesday, the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League confirmed that the 73-year-old victim was Garth Bedard, grandfather of Connor Bedard, a highly regarded 15-year-old prospect from North Vancouver, Columbia. British.

The highway remained closed for several hours while police and the BC coroners’ service investigated the crash.

The RCMP said weather conditions would not be considered a contributing factor.

Anyone with information is asked to call local RCMP traffic services at 250-344-2221.

Connor Bedard in action for the West Van Warriors ahead of his move to Saskatchewan. He was selected first overall by the Regina Pats in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. (CSSHL)

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