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BC hockey player, 17, killed in crash, ,000 raised for family
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BC hockey player, 17, killed in crash, $66,000 raised for family

The Castlegar Rebels have announced that one of their players from the 2023/24 season passed away over the weekend.

A May 6 statement from the organization said: “The Castlegar Rebels organization is heartbroken by the loss of Nate Jackman.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Nate’s family. No words can provide comfort at a time like this, but we offer our support and love as they begin to cope with the very deep loss of their beloved son.”

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League confirmed that Jackman died in a car accident early May 5 north of Nelson, B.C.

The Rebels described Jackman as a beautiful person and a great young man, loved by his teammates and coaches.

“Nate was a true gift,” the statement read. “His smile and engaging energy will have a lasting impact on our program, and he will never be forgotten.”

The Nelson, BC native was in his final year of high school and played one season as a forward for the Rebels at number 23.

Friends of the Jackman family have created a Go Fund Me campaign that has raised more than $50,000 in the first 24 hours. As of May 8, more than $66,000 had been raised.

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