Kamloops Blazers Kyrell Sopotyk has suffered what the league describes as “life-altering injuries” following a weekend snowboarding accident in Saskatchewan.

The Blazers have released the following statement.

Kamloops Blazers Statement on Kyrell Sopotyk.

“We are devastated at the news of Blazers’ forward Kyrell Sopotyk. Kyrell suffered a life altering injury this weekend. He is a tremendous young man and an exemplary representative of our hockey club. The Blazer family is behind Kyrell and the Sopotyk’s. At this time, we will respect the privacy of his family.”

The WHL released a statement as well.

“Everyone associated with the Western Hockey League is deeply saddened by the devastating news regarding Kamloops Blazers forward Kyrell Sopotyk.

“The WHL and our member Clubs extend our thoughts and prayers to Kyrell, the entire Sopotyk family, Kyrell’s teammates with the Kamloops Blazers, and all his friends during this challenging time.”

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