This is tragic news for the hockey world and the Don Mills Flyers association in the Toronto area. The team, who plays at Victoria Village Arena, has learned the tragic news of the passing of their goaltender in a just a devastating way.
On Wednesday, a 39-year-old woman and her 15-year-old son were found dead in an Ajax home. Her 13-year-old daughter was also found in the home with life-threatening injuries, and died in hospital late Wednesday night. The exact cause of death is still unknown, but post-mortems have been scheduled.
“It’s an isolated incident — it’s not a random attack,” Const. George Tudos told reporters.
The 15-year-old has been identified as Roy Pejcinovski, a star goalie with the Don Mills Flyers bantam AAA hockey team.
Team president Peter MacInnis said in a statement that Pejcinovski’s death is a “tremendous loss” for the Flyers, which are currently in the city finals to represent the Greater Toronto Area for the provincial championship.
“It’s tough for the players on the team, the parents, the staff — he was a great kid,” MacInnis told The Canadian Press. “And his buddies on the team are 14 or 15, how do you deal with that?”
“He was an elite athlete, he was absolutely the team’s No. 1 goalie and he has been for several years,” he said, adding that grief counsellors were brought in at Wednesday night’s practice to break the news to Pejcinovski’s teammates.
Police have charged a 29-year-old man with second degree murder after the gruesome findings in the Ajax home. They were called on Wednesday morning after a woman went to a house on Hilling Dr., near Westney Rd. S. and Lake Driveway W., to check on her friend. "She was instead met at the door by a man who refused to let her inside, police said. After barring her from entering, he fled the area in a vehicle," reports have claimed.
The man is believed to have been in a relationship with the deceased woman, police said, but he’s not the father of the children. He also didn’t live at the home with the family. A third child lived in the home but was not present at the time of the crime.
“She was located by police safe and sound at another location,” Tudos said.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the team, the victim's family and friends. What a horrible event to report.