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Hockey dad killed in rollover

A father killed in a rollover west of Calgary yesterday is being remembered as a “bright spot” at the hockey rink.

A father killed in a rollover west of Calgary yesterday is being remembered as a “bright spot” at the hockey rink.

Chestermere resident Perry Hjelsvold was reportedly driving a pickup truck headed west on Highway 1, near the Highway 1A exit, when he hit a patch of black ice and lost control. The truck swerved into the median and then rolled multiple times, according to police.

Hjelsvold, 34, was ejected from the vehicle and later pronounced dead in hospital.

His two children were also in the truck at the time, but both were unhurt and taken to hospital for precautionary measures only, said Chestermere RCMP Cpl. Stephen Browne.

News of Hjelsvold’s death rocked his community, as friends struggled to cope.

Kindergarten teacher Sheri Sommerfeld taught one Hjelsvold’s sons last year and currently has a child playing on the atom hockey team managed by his wife, Nikki. She said Perry’s presence around the rink will be sorely missed.

“He was just the greatest guy,” she said. “The kids loved him to pieces because he would tease them and joke around with them and laugh.”

Shane Hainstock, president of Chestermere Minor Hockey, said the organization’s thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

“He was quite the jokester,” Hainstock said. “He will be really badly missed.” jeremy nolais

 
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