Thoughts and prayers to friends and family members of the eight victims of the Avalanche near my hometown of Fernie B.C.. Due to the relatively small population of Fernie and Sparwood, these men were known throughout the valley. Several of my friends and their families have been directly affected by this tragedy.
I happened to know one of the victims personally, having played hockey with him throughout my teen years. It's been several years since I've seen him but I can say that he was a awesome guy and great team-mate. One of the fastest skaters around!
To everyone affected by this act of nature, try to remain strong and rely on your loved ones to help pull you through. It is truly a dark time.
Elk Valley residents unite to help these young families cope through this unimaginable sadness. May God be with you all!