Fiancée of Canucks forward Pyatt dies in car crash
The fiancée of Vancouver Canucks forward Taylor Pyatt was killed in a car accident in Jamaica early Friday.
Carly Bragnalo, 27, was on holidays. The two were to be married this summer.
Pyatt, also 27, headed back to his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont., to be with his family, who released a statement.
"At this difficult period, the family would request to be given the time to grieve in private," the statement said. "We are focused on our son and the Bragnalo family. We thank you for your support and understanding.
"There will be no further comment from the family at this time."
Radio Jamaica reported that Bragnalo was a passenger in a single-vehicle accident and died at the scene early Friday in Saint Elizabeth parish near the resort area of Ocho Rios. The media outlet said four other occupants of the vehicle were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Pyatt is in his third season for Vancouver after being traded from Buffalo in 2006. He has appeared in all 69 games this season, with 10 goals and nine assists.
"Today the Canucks lost a member of our family," Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement.
"Carly was a lovely and generous young woman who shared her spirit for life with our players, their spouses and their extended families. We will support the Bragnalo family, Taylor and his entire family in any way we can during this very difficult time."
According to a report in the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal, Jamaican police said Bragnalo was one of five passengers in a taxi, including her mother. Police stated the car lost control on a corner, hit a utility pole and overturned.
Debbie Bragnalo, 48, was treated for injuries at a local hospital but it is not known when of if she was released, the Chronicle-Journal reported.
Marcie Kawahorne was the other Canadian in the vehicle. The names of the other two passengers were not released.
It is the second road fatality to strike the Canucks organization within a year. Defenceman Luc Bourdon, 21, died after a motorcycle crash in New Brunswick last May.
The Canucks visit the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 10 p.m. ET).
With files from Canadian Press