The sudden passing of hockey player Lance Galbraith has the Ottawa 67’s, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) dealing with a “devastating” loss.
Galbraith died Friday in a car crash in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Friday, April 15.
He was 42 years old.
“A larger than life competitor who was a fan favourite in Ottawa over the course of his five seasons, Galbraith was involved in a single-vehicle crash on a rural road in Niagara-on-the-Lake, just 200 metres from the lane to the property he lived on, a property belonging to former 67 and best friend Zenon Konopka, his wife and four children,” the OHL explained in its announcement.
Galbraith starred for the Barber Poles for five seasons and helped lead the 67’s to both the Memorial Cup championship in 1999 and the J.Ross Robertson Cup in 2001.
Galbraith was originally a third-round pick of the 67’s in 1996 and went on to record 209 points.
He had a franchise record of 960 penalty minutes over 297 regular season games.
“He might have been one of the most successful 67’s in history for what he did for the franchise,” said former owner Jeff Hunt. “He would give you the shirt off his back or his final dollar. I think he might have been the most popular, certainly in my 22-year association.”
Galbraith also went on to play 10 seasons of pro hockey across the U.S. and helped the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads win Kelly Cup titles in 2004 and 2007.
The Ottawa 67’s and OSEG are devastated to learn of the death of former player Lance Galbraith at the age of 42.— X - Ottawa 67’s (@Ottawa67sHockey) April 15, 2022
Galbraith starred for the Barber Poles for five seasons and helped lead the 67’s to both the Memorial Cup championship in ‘99 and the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 2001. pic.twitter.com/mAMnSf88Uk