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Former Blazer dies in jet-ski accident
Former Kamloops Blazers' forward Pat Mangold died in Kelowna on Saturday, Aug. 24, after crashing his jet ski into a log boom on Okanagan Lake.
The accident happened at about 8:30 p.m.
A nearby boater heard the impact and was able to get Mangold, 47, aboard his vessel.
As a result, he was quickly transported to the shore and then taken to hospital by ambulance; however, he was not able to be resuscitated.
The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate the incident.
According to Const. Kris Clark, visibility and speed were likely factors in the crash.
Mangold began his WHL career with the Calgary Wranglers in 1981.
He racked up nine goals and 20 points with Kamloops in the 1984-1985 regular season, along with six goals and eight points in 15 playoff games.
— Wade Paterson, Kelowna Capital News