The Estevan Bruins are mourning the loss of one of their stand-out defencemen from last season.
Nick Egan, who was the lone Bruin blue-liner in his final year of junior last season, passed away suddenly on August 9 due to a suspected heart attack.
Egan was acquired by Estevan from the Eastern Junior Hockey League's Philadelphia Revolution prior to the SJHL's trade deadline in January of 2013. He finished the 2012-13 season with Estevan, and recorded one assist in 14 games.
Egan returned to the Bruins for the start of the 2013-14 season, but left the team for several weeks to try out with a couple of minor pro teams in the U.S. When those didn't pan out, he returned to Estevan midway through the campaign, and finished the year with four goals and 17 points in 34 games.
Egan also shared the club's Rocky Award, which is handed out to the most aggressive player.
"Nick was a warrior," said Bruins' head coach/GM Chris Lewgood in a press release. "He was, in a sense, a lone wolf in the dressing room, but was very well liked and respected for the defenceman, and more importantly, the person we grew to know.
"Nick always had a smile on his face and a positive outlook. He made the Bruins community a better place.
Lewgood said he had remained in touch with Egan during the off-season, and noted that Egan was getting closer to signing a professional contract for next season.
"He texted me last week that he had received an offer," said Lewgood. "Nick still maintained his dream of playing in the NHL."
Egan's top priority, though, was his family, Lewgood said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick's fiancé Bri, and the rest of his family," Lewgood said.