On Thursday, we share with you tragic news for the hockey world and the Don Mills Flyers association in the Toronto area. The team, who plays at Victoria Village Arena, 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. His mother Krassimira “Krissy” Pejcinovski, and sister Venallia “Vana” Pejcinovski, were the other two victims.
With more details getting out on this tragic story, we learned more about the young man who died a hero.
“I think Roy is a kid who would not stand by and watch his mother get attacked,” Crestwood Preparatory College Headmaster Vince Pagano said Thursday, as reported by the Toronto Sun. The star goalie was described as a “generous young man” who excelled in the classroom and on the ice.
Before his tragic passing, the 15-year-old netmidner backstopped his high school hockey team to a Junior Division 2 championship, Pagano said, adding the teen shutout the opposition 5-0 in the final game.
“He was considered one of the top goalies in Toronto,” he said of Roy.
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.
Krissy’s surviving 16-year-old daughter, the eldest of her three kids, is with her father. To help family members with funeral costs, a GoFundMe was set up with a goal of raising $75,000.
The murderer does not need to get more attention here. Just know that he was accused of the horrific triple murder and has a history of violence that includes assaulting a cop. He was remanded into custody until his next court date, March 29, when he is expected to appear via video.
Thoughts go out again to everyone close to the three victims.