Parm Dhaliwal skating with the West Kelowna Warriors. (BCHL/Twitter photo)

Parm Dhaliwal skating with the West Kelowna Warriors. (BCHL/Twitter photo)

Former Yale Hockey Academy, Chilliwack Chiefs player found dead in New York hotel room

Parm Dhaliwal played with YHA from 2014 to 2016

The hockey community is grieving after recently losing one of their own.

Former Yale Hockey Academy player and Chilliwack Chiefs forward Parm Dhaliwal was found dead in a New York hotel room on July 30.

The news was announced by his former BCHL team the West Kelowna Warriors via Twitter.

Circumstances surrounding the death are unknown at the time.

A native of Surrey, Dhaliwal cut his teeth with Yale Hockey Academy out of Abbotsford before his junior hockey career, which he started in the 2015-16 BCHL season in a pair of games with the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Dhaliwal spent the next three seasons as a key member of the Warriors, culminating in a point-per-game effort in 2018-19.

Despite still being under contract the following season with the Warriors, Dhaliwal was sidelined by concussion issues, effectively ending his hockey career.

News of the passing quickly reached social media, with teams from around the league paying their respects.

The BCHL sent out its own condolences via Twitter upon hearing of the news.

A celebration of life was held on Sunday (Aug. 7) in Delta. There was also a candlelight vigil at Surrey’s Prince Charles Elementary on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.

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