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Posted 29 July 2003 - 06:18 AM

Blue Jackets player found dead in Nova Scotia

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Trevor Ettinger, a forward in the Columbus Blue Jackets' organization, was found dead in Canada.

Ettinger, 23, died on Saturday the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus' AHL affiliate, announced Monday on its Web site.

The team didn't add any details about Ettinger's death, and Doug MacLean, Columbus' coach and general manager, said he wasn't sure how Ettinger died.

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald reported that Ettinger was found dead at his mother's house in Upper Kennetcook, Nova Scotia. Police told the newspaper there was no foul play and they will not pursue the case further.

"Trevor was a tremendous young man who was very well liked and respected by those around him," Blue Jackets assistant general manager Jim Clark said on the Crunch's Web site. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and teammates during this most difficult time."

Ettinger, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound left wing, split the past two seasons with Syracuse and Dayton of the East Coast Hockey League.
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Posted 29 July 2003 - 06:45 AM

Does anyone have a count on how many players ahve died in the last 6 months?

Is this going on in other sports? I guess what I mean are these deaths within the norn or statistical probability?
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Posted 29 July 2003 - 08:16 AM

I've noticed a lot of deaths in all of sports recently...this summer alone I think I've seen headlines for soccer players, basketball players, and hockey players. Also, there always seems to be some sort of training camp football death, and baseball has lost a few players over the past year as well.
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Posted 29 July 2003 - 10:01 AM

I don't know how true this is, or remember where I read this last night, but I read somewhere that this was a suicide...

That would make 2 suicides in the NHL this month, if you believe the Lyashenko rumors......

They say that things like this happen in three's, but i hope that's untrue
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Posted 29 July 2003 - 11:01 AM

I'm not sure if it's a trend or not. With the information age, I think we hear more about these types of things. Basically stories that used to be relegated to local papers.
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Posted 29 July 2003 - 01:40 PM

Such a shame :( for another young player to die - so IF a suicide, he was basically the same age as Lyashenko (23). Perhaps the NHL needs some intensive therapy programs??
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Posted 29 July 2003 - 02:47 PM

Ettinger died from a gunshot wound, which the police are not pursuing.. sounds like a suicide to me:


Ettinger died from gunshot, no foul play

By DAVENE JEFFREY -- Halifax Herald

Trevor Ettinger, the pro hockey player whose body was found at his mother's Upper Kennetcook home Saturday afternoon, died of a gunshot wound.

Paramedics say the strapping 23-year-old died at the scene. Police say there was no foul play.
Bill Schurman, business manager for the Moncton Wildcats, one of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams for which Mr. Ettinger played as a teenager, said the mystery behind this family tragedy will eventually come out.

"In the end, water will find its level and the story will be told," he said Monday.

"People look for answers, and they should, but right now it's tough when there's none there."

Mr. Schurman dismissed rumours of a troubled love life. Others in Mr. Ettinger's home community of Upper Kennetcook suggest the shooting was accidental. One police source indicated on Saturday it was a suicide.

Regardless, police will not pursue the case further.

"The file is closed now and foul play has been ruled out," said RCMP spokeswoman Michelle Raoul Winters.

Paramedics responded to a 911 call from the Miller Road home at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, said Emergency Health Services spokeswoman Jean Spicer.

An air ambulance helicopter was put on standby and an ambulance was sent to the home, she said.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ettinger Funeral Home in Shubenacadie.

The Wildcats and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, who upon admission to the Quebec league selected Mr. Ettinger with their first pick in the midget draft, were among those paying tribute Monday to the six-foot-five, 230-pound forward-defenceman.

The Screaming Eagles have set up an area at Centre 200 for fans and friends to express their condolences. The area will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. today.

The Eagles will also hold a memorial service, details of which will be announced later this week.

"We'd like to do it next week," said Paul MacDonald, the team's director of business operations.

Mr. MacDonald said Mr. Ettinger's death is a blow to the Eagles, for whom he played most of three seasons, and to Cape Bretoners.

"We're having a hard time with this," he said.

"It's hard to explain the impact Trevor had on our team and Cape Breton."

He said the young captain gave everything he had to the Eagles on and off the ice and was comfortable in all situations, whether dealing with the youngest fans, seniors or businessmen.

"He was genuine," Mr. MacDonald said.

Mr. Ettinger was traded to Moncton in January 2000 and became the Wildcats' captain and one of their most popular players, Mr. Schurman said.

A condolence book will be open to the public to sign at the team's office in the Moncton Coliseum.

Mr. Ettinger spent parts of the past two seasons with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League and had signed a new deal for next season with the Crunch, the Columbus Blue Jackets' top farm team.

Last season, he played 38 games at left wing, scoring one goal and two assists and racking up 149 penalty minutes. He also played with the Dayton Bombers of the East Coast Hockey League.

Mr. Ettinger played minor hockey in East Hants and AAA midget with Pictou County before his major junior career. The Edmonton Oilers drafted him 159th overall in 1998.

Mr. Ettinger is survived by his mother, Edna Wardrope, father Robert, stepfather Ross Wardrope and sisters Lindsay, Michelle and Amanda.

The family has requested that donations be made to the East Hants Minor Hockey Association, an animal shelter or any charity.

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 03:06 PM

Very sad. If foulplay is ruled out then it does sound like a suicide, at least from what is written. I guess it would depend upon where the gunshot wound was and what the coroner says, if there is an autopsy.
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Posted 29 July 2003 - 03:10 PM

:( that last line about donations got me...

I hate these posts - they seem so ghoulish....
a young man who loved hockey and animals died... that just bums me out
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Posted 29 July 2003 - 03:40 PM

Confirmed - suicide.


Police say Jackets minor leaguer committed suicide
July 29, 2003
SportsLine.com wire reports

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The minor league player from the Columbus Blue Jackets organization who was found dead this weekend committed suicide, police said Tuesday.

Trevor Ettinger, 23, was discovered at his parents' home in Upper Kennetcook outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, by police responding to a 911 call Saturday.

"I can confirm that he died as a result of suicide," said Michelle Raoul Winters, spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Nova Scotia. "We have determined that there was no foul play, and the case has been closed."

She would not release any more details.

Ettinger, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound left wing, split the past two seasons between Syracuse of the American Hockey League and Dayton of the East Coast Hockey League.
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Posted 29 July 2003 - 03:47 PM

What is going on :( ?
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