Late last night the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL) released a cryptic statement concerning players Jordy Bellerive, Ryan Vandervlis and former Hurricanes player Matt Alfaro. Read below for the full statement:
The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is aware on an incident involved players, Jordy Bellerive and Ryan Vandervlis; along with alumnus, Matt Alfaro.
All three players are currently being treated in hospital for various injuries sustained in the incident. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the families at this time. On behalf of the Hurricanes, the players’ families, and teammates we ask you to respect the privacy of all those affected.
The Hurricanes focus and priority is on the health of the players injured and will have no further comments at this time. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
We as for your thoughts and prayers for the players, their families, and their teammates.
Bellerive, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect is believed to be the player in critical condition. Bellerive signed with the Penguins as an undrafted free agent last offseason and put up a remarkable 46 goals and 92 points in 71 games with the Hurricanes this past season.
Penguins insider Jesse Marshall recently profiled Bellerive in his latest article for The Athletic, calling the 19 year old a “blue chip prospect.”
The Penguins had nothing to lose when they signed undrafted free-agent Jordy Bellerive to a three-year entry-level contract in September of 2017. What they ended up getting was a verifiable blue chip prospect that used the duration of this season to skyrocket up the Penguins organizational depth chart seemingly out of nowhere.
UPDATE: Global Lethbridge is reporting that all three players were injured in a fire at a bachelor party.
JUST IN: Details on the WHLHurricanes situation involving Jordy Bellerive, Ryan Vandervlis, and Matt Alfaro: Sources have confirmed all three were injured at a fire that happened at a stag party they were attending. One of the three is in critical condition.
Oh no… that’s awful. Thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved and here’s hoping that they all make a full recovery.