Two WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes hockey players and one former player are in hospital after suffering serious injuries at a bachelor party in the Bearspaw area near Calgary Friday.
Sources tell Global News they were hurt in a fire during a bachelor party and one of the players is in critical condition.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes said players Jordy Bellerive, Ryan Vandervlis and alumnus Matt Alfaro were all in hospital recovering from injuries but wouldn’t specify what happened or how badly the three men were injured.
In a statement, the organization asked for privacy at this time, in part saying, “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the families at the time. On behalf of the Hurricanes, the players’ families, and teammates we ask you to respect the privacy of all those affected.”
RCMP confirmed Sunday they were investigating an “incident” in which three people were injured when “a substance was placed into a fire-pit that caused an explosion.”
Rockyview Fire and EMS were called for reports of a structure fire in Bearspaw approximately 10 kilometres outside Cochrane around 11:30 p.m. Friday night.
“Three people who were in the area of the fire-pit sustained burn injuries. The injured persons were transported via ground ambulance to a Calgary hospital, where they are being treated for their injuries,” police said.
RCMP would not confirm the identities of those injured. No structures were involved in the incident.
A spokesperson for Calgary EMS told Global News that the trio was initially transported by a private vehicle to the outskirts of Calgary where paramedics were able to meet them and continue transport to Foothills Hospital via ambulance.
One person was transported in serious, non-life-threatening condition, another was in serious, potentially life-threatening condition and the third was transported in critical, life-threatening condition.
While the conditions of the injured players has not been confirmed, the Pittsburgh Penguins said in a tweet that assistant general manager Bill Guerin has spoken with Jordy Bellerive, who was in “good spirits” and is expected to make a full recovery.
Bellerive signed a three year, entry-level contract with the Penguins in September 2017.
with files from Blake Lough and Jennifer Ivanov