By Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
BEDFORD - When the star struck nine-year-olds took to the ice for a playful scrimmage against Jordan Boyd and the Bedford major bantam hockey players, the teenager made sure they felt welcome
© Daniel Doucet/Bathurst Titan
That was three years ago.
It’s the one memory Kendall MacPhee, Boyd’s former atom and bantam coach, says best reflects the character of the 16-year-old Bedford native, who died tragically practising with the QMJHL’s Bathurst Titan on Monday.
“He just took a real interest in the kids, wanted to take them under his wing,” said MacPhee. “He was like that as a teammate, in the dressing room; he was well liked by his teammates.”
MacPhee had already spent time earlier in the day consoling one of Jordan’s former teammates.
According to a QMJHL release, Boyd was skating during an individual training session with the Titan on Monday when he suddenly collapsed on the ice. After the Titan medical team tried unsuccessfully to revive him, he was transported to hospital where his death was confirmed.
Devastated by Boyd’s death, he said the teenager’s mother was his No. 1 fan.
“She never missed a game,” said MacPhee. “Now, I can’t imagine what the family is going through right now.”
MacPhee had a chance to congratulate his former stalwart after he was selected by the Titan in the fourth-round of June’s league draft.
“I was pretty proud. I said ‘you’re the third Nova Scotian selected, not too bad.’ I talked to him and his father, and his parents were really proud of him.”
Paul MacIsaac, past president of the Bedford and District Minor Hockey Association, watched the 16-year-old develop over the years.
“We all have kids that age, it’s devastating,” he said.
MacIsaac is friends with Boyd’s parents, and his son was Jordan’s former bantam teammate last year.
“From talking to his family they were very much looking forward to Jordan participating in the tryout (with Bathurst) and him going further in his hockey career, because he worked very hard at it,” said MacIsaac.