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Barrie Sharks release statement on death of team captain

'Wonderful friend and teammate' killed in New Year's Day crash
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Photo of Avery Andrew from Barrie Junior Sharks

The Barrie Sharks are mourning the death of their team captain Avery Andrew.

The 18-year-old was killed in a two-vehicle crash on New Year's Day on County Road 15 between the 5th Sideroad and County Road 5 of Adjala-Tosorontio Township.

On the Sharks' website, Avery was remembered as a 'talented, hardworking player.'

'The Barrie Sharks are saddened to share news of the tragic and sudden passing of the captain of our 2017-18 Barrie Jr. Sharks,' a statement by the hockey club reads.

The club says Avery began playing hockey at the Novice level with the Clearview Girls Hockey Association and has been a member of the BWHA since 2012.

'Avery was named team captain this past September, a responsibility that fit perfectly with her leadership on the ice and in the dressing room. Avery will be remembered by fellow players as not only a talented and determined player, but as a teammate who lifted the spirits of every room she entered,'  the statement said. 
 
Avery began playing hockey at the Novice level with the Clearview Girls Hockey Association and has been a member of the BWHA since 2012.

She was a member of the Bantam AA and Midget AA teams before playing with Intermediate AA Barrie Jr. Sharks for the past two seasons.

Police say Avery was a passenger in a northbound vehicle that was struck on the right side by a southbound vehicle. 

The teen succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the vehicle she was in suffered non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the southbound vehicle was treated at the scene by paramedics.

'On behalf of all of our Barrie Sharks players and families, we would like to share our deepest sympathies and condolences. Our thoughts are with the Andrew family through this difficult time," the hockey club said. 
 
'The BWHA is also working with the OWHA and the PWHL to help our Barrie Jr. Sharks players and coaches cope with the loss of a wonderful friend and teammate.'




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