KW Siskins mourning death of 18-year-old teammate

By CityNews Kitchener Staff

The Kitchener-Waterloo Siskins released a statement Tuesday morning announcing the death of one of their players.

The team said 18-year-old defenceman, Tyson Downs from Owen Sound, died suddenly.

“The KW Siskins family is mourning the sudden loss of a cherished member of their team. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye for now to Tyson Downs. His passion for the game was infectious, and his dedication to the team was unparalleled. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. His passing leaves a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, Tyson. You will be missed but never forgotten.”

The GOJHL also released a statement on Downs’ passing.

“The GOJHL would also like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Downs family and the KW Siskins community during this difficult time.”

The team did not say what the cause of death was.

Downs played one season with the KW Siskins. He played in 45 games collecting six goals, and 17 assists.

He was also a contributor to the team in its 2023 Sutherland Cup playoffs run scoring three goals and 15 assists in 16 playoff games.

Before joining the Siskins last season, Downs played for the Grey-Bruce Highlanders U16 and U18 AAA teams from 2019-2022.

A funeral for Downs will be held in Owen Sound on July 30. His family encouraged donations be made to minor sports associations in Owen Sound or any charity in lieu of flowers.

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