The Detroit Red Wings’ seventh round pick in 2007 has passed away. Bryan Rufenach, a defenseman who had been playing for the Toledo Walleye, died while traveling in Europe. No additional details were shared.
After four seasons at Clarkson University, the Red Wings opted not to sign him to an entry-level contract, instead hooking him onto the Griffins and Walleye, where he’s bounced back and forth.
He was 23-years-old, and our thoughts are with Bryan’s friends and family. May he rest in peace.
Update, Thursday June 7th:
According to various reports, the cause of death was electrocution. As more details became available, the story began to become more clear. While backpacking with a childhood friend, they were making a stop in Switzerland. They climbed aboard a railcar, and — according to some reports — climbed ATOP the railcar, where Rufenach came into contact with an electrified wire over the track. His friend attempted to resuscitate him, but it sounds like he may have been killed instantly.