We have some tragic news to report.
According to an official press release from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, 18 year old Armada forward Alec Reid has passed away. Although no official cause of death has been released at this time it is believed that his death was caused by complications related to his epilepsy, a condition that was already causing issues with his hockey career.
Reid had been forced out of action since the 19th of February due to several recent episodes that left him unable to play. In fact things were so serious for Reid that he had already begun consulting a neurologist prior to his passing earlier today. In spite of his deteriorating condition the fact that he has gone from being healthy enough to play in his first season in the QMJHL to being surrounded by love ones this morning during his passing in the matter of just a few short days, at 18 years of age no less, is truly shocking.
Armada team president Mario Marois released a statement following the announcement of Reid's passing and unsurprisingly he expressed just how shocked everyone in the Armada organization is at this news.
"We are shocked and devastated by this tragedy," saids Marois via the team's official website. "Alex was part of the Armada family and the entire organization is in mourning. The players, the hockey personnel, the trainign staff and the adminstration offer their deepest and most sincere condolences to the Reid family and to Alec's loved ones.
Reid had been picked up in a trade by the Drummondville Voltigeurs earlier in the 2018 - 2019 regular season and thus began his first season in the QMJHL. He would later join the Armada where he would only appear in 11 games before eventually being forced out of action due to his condition, a tragic way for a young and hopeful hockey player to see his first season play out before him. Upon joining the Armada Reid struggled to produce offensively picking up no goals and no assists in his first 11 games with the team, but given what has transpired it's not hard to believe that his health may have played a factor in his struggles.
As Marois has stated before, all our thoughts and condolences go out to the Reid family, who must be suffering terribly right, now as well as to all of Alec's loved ones.