Hockey world mourns 18-year-old player’s sudden death

This is tragic.



On Tuesday, tragic news emerged in the hockey world as the KW Siskins, a junior team of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League based in Waterloo, announced the death of 18-year-old defensemen Tyson Downs. The cause of death was not revealed by the club in the following statement:

“The KW Siskins family is mourning the sudden loss of a cherished member of their team. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye for now to Tyson Downs. His passion for the game was infectious, and his dedication to the team was unparalleled. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. His passing leaves a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, Tyson. You will be missed but never forgotten.”

Downs was from Owen Sound, Ontario, and played just one season with the Kitchener-Waterloo Siskins in the GOJHL. He took part in 45 games, putting up six goals and 17 assists. During the 2023 Sutherland Cup Playoffs, Downs scored three goals and added 15 assists.

Before his time with the KW Siskins, Downs played for the Grey Bruce Highlanders AAA under-16 team in 2019-2020 and then for the under-18 team in 2021-2022.

The KW Siskins are scheduled to play the St. Catharines Falcons in the Eli Palfreyman Global Invitational Tournament on Aug. 24 at the North Dumfries Community Complex. We bet they will play to honour Downs.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Downs’ family, friends and loved one. Gone way too soon.

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Source: KW Siskins