Langley Rivermen paid tribute to Ronin Sharma on Friday night (Oct. 8), on what would have been the hockey player’s 17th birthday.
The BCHL franchise saluted the Surrey-raised forward prior to their season-opening game, one that would have included Sharma on the roster, if not for the tragic events of Aug. 21.
Friday at a sold-out George Preston Recreation Centre, the Rivermen played a video tribute to Sharma and raised a #25 banner to the rafters. Team owner John Henderson also presented the Sharma family with Ronin’s last game-worn jersey.
Photos and video of the tribute are posted to the Rivermen’s Twitter account.
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The Rivermen will be wearing helmet stickers this year to honor their teammate Ronin Sharma who tragically passed away in August. There will be also be a pregame ceremony tonight in his memory. Tonight is for you Ronin, forever a member of the Rivermen. #RivNation #RS25🕊 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/TpZmhjGCuQ— Langley Rivermen (@LangleyRivermen) October 9, 2021
Age 16 at the time of his death, Sharma was described as “a leader and an inspiration” during his funeral on Aug. 28. With family in attendance, the service was livestreamed to more than 400 people watching online.
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Friday night at a packed arena, the Rivermen won 7-5 over Chilliwack Chiefs.