The Ottawa 67’s, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) are dealing with a “devastating” loss following the tragic death of hockey player Lance Galbraith.
Lance Galbraith Dead in Car Accident
Galbraith died in an automobile accident on Friday, April 15 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. He was 42 years old at the time.
“Over the course of his five seasons in Ottawa, Galbraith was involved in a single-vehicle crash on a rural road in Niagara-on-the-Lake, just 200 meters from the lane to the property he lived on, a property belonging to former 67 and best friend Zenon Konopka, his wife and four children,” the OHL explained in its announcement.
Galbraith was a five-year starter for the Barber Poles, and he helped the 67’s win the Memorial Cup in 1999 and the J.Ross Robertson Cup in 2001.
Galbraith was a third-round choice of the 67’s in 1996, and he went on to score 209 points in his career.
In 297 regular-season games, he set a team record with 960 penalty minutes.
Former owner Jeff Hunt remarked, “He could have been one of the most successful 67s in history for what he achieved for the franchise.” “He’d give you his last dime or his shirt off his back.” I believe he was the most popular, at least throughout my 22-year connection.”
Lance Galbraith Cause Of Death
Lance Galbra, a professional ice hockey right winger, died on Friday, April 15, 2022, according to reports. The reason for his death, however, has yet to be revealed. After learning of his death, all of his comrades and friends are devastated. He was one of the best players in the game.
The Ottawa 67’s and OSEG are devastated to learn of the death of former player Lance Galbraith at the age of 42.— X – Ottawa 67’s (@Ottawa67sHockey) April 15, 2022
Galbraith starred for the Barber Poles for five seasons and helped lead the 67’s to both the Memorial Cup championship in ‘99 and the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 2001. pic.twitter.com/mAMnSf88Uk
With everyone, he was incredibly gracious and humble. His teammates, who are also grieving his demise, knew him well. His family is going through a difficult period as well. At the time of his death, he was 42 years old.
At the 1998-99 Memorial Cup in Ottawa, he earned the ire of wrestler Bret (Hitman Hart, and it wasn’t a scripted wrestling scene. In a preliminary round game, Galbraith knocked out Brad Stuart, the top player on the Calgary Hitmen, with a hit. The 67s defeated the Hitmen 7-6 in overtime in the championship game, with Stuart injured in the stands.
Hart, who was a member of the Calgary ownership group, went off on Galbraith in the Calgary media, although Hart afterward seemed to write a letter of apology to Galbraith.
Lance Galbraith Obituary
Galbraith, who died early Friday morning at the age of 42, breathed his final breath. His death was caused by a single-vehicle collision on a remote road in Niagara-on-the-Lake, barely 200 meters from the driveway leading to the property where he resided, which belonged to his former 67 and best mate Zenon Konopka, his wife, and four children.
Before 2:00 a.m. on Friday, Konopka heard his doorbell ring. He found a Niagara Regional Police officer when he answered the door.
Galbraith’s pickup vehicle collided with a culvert, and he died on the spot. Like 67’s, Konopka and Galbraith grew inseparable.
We at Sportsbugz.com extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends, and fans.