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Kelowna Rockets forward up for WHL humanitarian of the year award

Ty Hurley saved a drowning man’s life in a hotel in Dec. 2023
Kelowna Rockets forward Ty Hurley was in the right place at the right time when he saved a man’s life at a hotel swimming pool in the Alberta town of Strathmore on Dec. 7. (

Kelowna Rockets forward Ty Hurley has been nominated for the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy.

The annual award to given to the league’s humanitarian of the year and one player is nominated from each division.

Hurley has a strong chance to win the award after saving a man from drowning in a swimming pool in a Strathmore, Alta., hotel in December. While hanging out in the hotel lobby with some teammates, he noticed a man struggling and jumped into action, pulling the man out of the pool and performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

“I took off my shirt and leaned over the edge (of the pool) and grabbed him by his shoulders and ripped him out of the water,” Hurley recalled in the aftermath of his rescue efforts.

“He was probably under there for at least 30-40 seconds. I got him out of there, flipped him on his back and he wasn’t breathing at all. It was pretty scary.”

The 19-year-old forward was already awarded the Silver Medal of Merit and the M.G. Griffiths Award by the Lifesaving Society, B.C. and Yukon at the 112th annual Commonwealth Award for Honour and Rescue in March.

The four nominees are:

B.C. Division – Ty Hurley (Sherwood Park, Alta.)- Kelowna Rockets

Central Division – Shane Smith (Cessford, Alta.)- Medicine Hat Tigers

East Division – Evan Gardner (Fort St. John, B.C.)- Saskatoon Blades

U.S. Division – Tyler Palmer (Fernie, B.C.)- Everett Silvertips

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