Tanner Kahlau, a junior forward on the Fredonia State University men’s ice hockey team, is dead at 22 years old after a tragic ski crash this week.
According to TMZ Sports, Kahlau was skiing on the slopes of the Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort in Lake Placid, New York when he lost control and flew off course into a tree.
He died shortly after due to injuries to his head and neck.
“We are saddened by the loss of our teammate, Tanner,” Fredonia State head coach Jeff Meredith said in a statement. “The impact he left on our program, coaches, and teammates will forever be remembered.
“To say Tanner was a great teammate is not doing him justice. He was a teammate that everyone loved. His kind demeanor, easy way, and welcoming smile made him a leader, confidant, and friend to all. He was a ‘team first’ guy and would do anything for his boys. Tanner was incredibly humble and I am fortunate to be able to say I worked with him and got to share in his college experience.”
Kahlau had five points — two goals and three assists — last season for Fredonia State and played in all 25 games.
Our deepest condolences go out to Kahlau’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.