RIDGE MEADOWS DISH
June 6 2012
The hockey world suffered another tragic loss with the death of 23 year old Barrie Ontario native, Bryan Rufenach.
Bryan, a defenseman with the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) and drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 7th round of the 2007 NHL draft. Bryan finished his season with the Walleyes with a total of 13 goals, 20 assists and 34 penalty minutes. In 54 games, he was ranked third in the ECHL for defensemen.
Rufenach, was promoted to the AHL (Grand Rapids) on three separate occasions and picked up two assists in his thirteen games.
The Rufenach family has requested some privacy as they deal with this tragic loss in their family. Bryan's death came suddenly while travelling in Switzerland earlier this week.
The entire hockey world mourns. For the loss of such a young budding star, for his teammates and his family.