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Hockey coach killed in Brookfield crash

A Cumberland County hockey coach has been identified as the victim of Thursday morning’s fatal car crash in Brookfield.

A Cumberland County hockey coach has been identified as the victim of Thursday morning’s fatal car crash in Brookfield.

While police didn’t release the name on Thursday, sources have identified the man as Mike St. Peter, a hockey coach with the Parrsboro Predators peewee hockey team, who lived in the Maccan area.

“They were on their way to Halifax for a hockey tournament,” Colchester County RCMP Sgt. Al Affleck said.

Kevin McCrindle, who coached with St. Peter, said the team knew something was wrong when neither he nor his son showed up for the start of the game in Cole Harbour.

“We were on the ice when one of the parents came over to the bench and told us about it. One of the parents got a call from one of the people in our association who heard about it,” McCrindle said.

“Some of the players were trying to get a hold of him before the game. They were texting his son but they couldn’t get a hold of him,” said McCrindle, adding St. Peter loved coaching and was highly thought of by the players.

St. Peter, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene following a single-vehicle crash at 7:34 a.m. on Highway 102 between the Brookfield and the Truro Power Centre exits. The car hit the shoulder of the road and rolled over three times before coming to rest in the southbound lane.

St. Peter’s wife, who was driving the car, and his 12-year-old son were taken to Colchester Regional Hospital treated and released before noon.

Traffic was backed up near the Truro Power Centre overpass following the accident. Police closed the road and rerouted traffic to Highway 2 for about three hours to investigate and clear the scene.

A mechanical inspection is being done to try to determine what caused the crash. The driver of the vehicle told police she heard “a pop” and the mechanical inspection was to determine items, including, if a blown tire caused the crash.