BREAKING | Former NHLer and BC Native passes away during a game

Published April 12, 2023 at 8:01

It's with a heavy heart that we announced the loss of a beloved member of the Hockey community. Raymond Sawada passed away during a recreational hockey league on Monday. The Richmond, BC native, was a retired hockey player and a firefighter in Burnaby. Our thoughts and prayers are sent to his family and loved ones.

Known to be a talented athlete and a regional Richmond, BC hero, the community suffers a great loss. Former Canuck, Troy Stetcher, shared the news late last night along with a gofundme page to help a person he idolized.

‘'Heart breaking news. Ray was an idol for a lot of Richmond Minor Players growing up. Not only was Ray a successful hockey player, he was a community hero and local firefighter. Thoughts and prayers to his family.''

Sawada was a Dallas Stars 2nd (52) Round draft pick in 2004. While he only played 11 games in the NHL, the majority of his professional career was in the AHL. Once he retired he then turned to another passion of his as he joined the Burnaby Fire Department, he grew to become a respected member of the firefighting community. His dedication and bravery in serving his community will forever be remembered.

As of right now, the cause of death has not been made public. We wish to send out deepest condolences to his family and loved one.

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