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Pens Prospect and North Vancouver native Jordy Bellerive injured in bachelor party fire

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Praying for Jordy Bellerive and his mates - two with life threatening injuries. He seems like a good kid.


Two WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes hockey players and one former player are in hospital after suffering serious injuries at a bachelor party in the Bearspaw area near Calgary Friday.

Sources tell Global News they were hurt in a fire during a bachelor party and one of the players is in critical condition.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes said players Jordy Bellerive, Ryan Vandervlis and alumnus Matt Alfaro were all in hospital recovering from injuries but wouldn’t specify what happened or how badly the three men were injured.

In a statement, the organization asked for privacy at this time, in part saying, “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the families at the time. On behalf of the Hurricanes, the players’ families, and teammates we ask you to respect the privacy of all those affected.”

RCMP confirmed Sunday they were investigating an “incident” in which three people were injured when “a substance was placed into a fire-pit that caused an explosion.”

Rockyview Fire and EMS were called for reports of a structure fire in Bearspaw approximately 10 kilometres outside Cochrane around 11:30 p.m. Friday night.

“Three people who were in the area of the fire-pit sustained burn injuries. The injured persons were transported via ground ambulance to a Calgary hospital, where they are being treated for their injuries,” police said.

RCMP would not confirm the identities of those injured. No structures were involved in the incident.

A spokesperson for Calgary EMS told Global News that the trio was initially transported by a private vehicle to the outskirts of Calgary where paramedics were able to meet them and continue transport to Foothills Hospital via ambulance.

One person was transported in serious, non-life-threatening condition, another was in serious, potentially life-threatening condition and the third was transported in critical, life-threatening condition.

While the conditions of the injured players has not been confirmed, the Pittsburgh Penguins said in a tweet that assistant general manager Bill Guerin has spoken with Jordy Bellerive, who was in “good spirits” and is expected to make a full recovery.

Bellerive signed a three year, entry-level contract with the Penguins in September 2017.




When my son tried out for Team BC, Jordy was easily one of the best Midget players over there - the game seemed to slow down for him. I remember one time as he turned around from the boards with the puck, there was a kid who was about to cross-check him in the face; Jordy immediately lifts his stick to block the cross check as if he anticipated it or saw it (which he couldn't have). Jordy was never in a rush and always seemed to make the smart play.

I was happy he made the Pens even though he wasn't drafted. 

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Some clarifications to the report:


The WHL and Lethbridge Hurricanes released a statement clarifying the Saturday events which near Calgary injured three hockey players, including Pittsburgh Penguins project Jordy Bellerive. According to the release, the injuries were not suffered at a bachelor party but at a gathering hosted by WHL alumnus Tyler Wong for nine friends.

Bellerive, 19, and former WHL player Matt Alfaro, 21, are still being treated at the Calgary hospital and are in stable condition. Current Lethbridge Hurricane Ryan Vandervlis, 20, has been placed in a medically induced coma and is in critical condition. Vandervlis suffered severe burns to his body.
“We are grateful and overwhelmed by the amount of love and support we have received and pray that Ryan will make a full recovery,” read the Vandervlis family statement. The family also stressed alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

The Wong family acted quickly and rushed the injured to Calgary Hospital. The Wong family clarified the party was not a bachelor party, as has been reported. The men planned to stay at the Wong residence, then golf and camp the following day.

The Wong family statement expressed prayers and support, “We are earnestly praying for three of Tyler’s closest friends – Ryan, Jordy and Matt – along with their families, for comfort and healing during this time of hurt.”

Further information will be provided as it is made available. The WHL will hold a conference call for journalists, tomorrow afternoon.

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