Visi­ta­tion to­day for Char­trand

The Barrie Examiner - - SPORTS -

(STAFF) - A fu­neral ser­vice will be held to­day for for­mer Bar­rie Colts goal­tender John Char­tand. The 24-year-old was killed in a car crash last Fri­day morn­ing in Toronto on High­way 401 near High­way 404. Visi­ta­tion will be held from 11 a.m. un­til 2 p.m. at Bernardo Fu­neral Homes in Toronto, lo­cated at 2960 Duf­ferin St. Char­trand was the son of Wendy and John Char­trand Sr., younger brother of Ni­cole and boyfriend to Kris­tine. He also had a young son. “His charisma and pas­sion in life will live on through his beau­ti­ful son, Chace,” reads Char­trand’s obit­u­ary on the Bernardo Fu­neral Homes web­site. “He is dearly missed and will eter­nally be re­mem­bered by his Granny and many aunts, un­cles, great aunts, great un­cles and nu­mer­ous cousins.” “He was the light of our lives, so lov­ing and al­ways putting oth­ers first,” the obit­u­ary adds. “Al­ways smil­ing bright, he was al­ways ready to have a good time. He was kind, out­go­ing, in­tel­li­gent, ath­let­i­cally tal­ented and so care­free. “He loved Chace more than any­thing, con­sis­tently talk­ing about all the mem­o­ries to come. Our world is a lit­tle darker; he will be deeply missed and was taken far too soon.”

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, a trans­port truck had slowed down in a con­struc­tion zone when his car slammed into the back of the truck. The im­pact of the crash crushed the front end of the car, killing Char­trand, who was the lone oc­cu­pant. A six-foot-one goal­tender, Char­trand played for the ‘AAA’ Bar­rie Colts, the Huntsville Ot­ters and the Streetsville Der­bys be­fore mak­ing to the jump to the OHL’s Ni­a­gara IceDogs where he played 16 games over two sea­sons in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Char­trand was traded to Bar­rie along with Ni­a­gara’s fifth-round pick in 2012 and Guelph’s 10th-round pick in 2011 for over­age for­ward Dar­ren Archibald and Tier II Ju­nior ‘A’ goal­tender Dal­ton McGrath. Char­trand was ac­quired by the Belleville Bulls prior to the 2011-12 OHL sea­son in a trade from the Colts. He ap­peared in 22 games for Belleville that sea­son, post­ing a 4.00 goal­sagainst av­er­age and a .885 save per­cent­age with eight wins and a shutout as a backup to No. 1 starter Mal­colm Sub­ban. Char­trand was later dealt to the Sud­bury Wolves and went on to play univer­sity hockey in North Bay for the Nipiss­ing Lak­ers.

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