A GoFundMe campaign for the family of a young Maple Ridge man who died early Thursday after crashing headfirst into the boards during a men’s recreational hockey game met its goal in one day.
And now the goal has been doubled, with the thought to create a scholarship in the memory of Noah Trulsen.
The Noah Trulsen Hockey Memorial Fund originally sought to raise $10,000.
“Sadly, October 4th, 2018, we lost a wonderful person. Noah Lane Trulsen was playing the game he loved, and sadly lost his life,” reads the campaign page.
He was 22.
“At this time, it looks as though Noah tripped and hit the boards and unfortunately succumbed to those injuries. Noah’s family is now left to pick up the pieces, and we want to help.
“We work alongside Noah’s father Rick, and know his family well.
“They are givers, the first to help anyone they can. The first to volunteer, the first to lend a hand.
“We are raising money for funeral and memorial expenses, and have a plan to help someone in Noah’s name when things calm down, and the family has a chance to grieve.”
As of Monday, the fundraising goal was doubled with $20,000, with $13,899 raised by Tuesday morning.
“We upped the goal amount, anything above will start help our fundraiser for the scholarship,” Marika Bugar wrote on the GoFundMe page.
“The sky is the limit on what we can do to help others in Noah’s name.”
And next Friday, the Ridge Meadows Flames will donate proceeds from the 50/50 draw during their games against the Abbotsford Pilots to the fund for the Trulsen family.
“The Flames will be kicking things off with a generous donation to get the fund started,” reads a post on the junior B team’s Facebook page. “Please come out and help us show support for our local hockey family.
My deepest condolences to Noah Trulsen’s family in Maple Ridge, BC. Noah passed away Oct 4th while playing men’s league hockey, falling awkwardly into the boards. The hockey world is mourning with you 💔@eboileau36 @bieksallent16 pic.twitter.com/WjejiYr1HH
— Kevin Bieksa (@kbieksa3) October 6, 2018
Noah Trulsen played his younger years with the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association and was a scholarship recipient in his Grade 12 season, 2012-13, and had recently completed the fourth year of a post-secondary Red Seal electrical training program.
His brother Matthew is a goaltender with the Mission City Outlaws of the Pacific Junior Hockey League, while his parents, Rick and Lorraine, are long-time minor hockey volunteers.
Both attended the Outlaws game Friday against the North Vancouver Wolf Pack. While the Outlaws lost 3-1, Matthew Trulsen made 41 saves and was named the game’s first star.
The Outlaw players knelt in the crease before the game in a moment of silence to remember Noah, while Matthew wore his brother’s Ridge Rustlers jersey during warmup.
At the end of a very emotional evening this team huddled together to support a brother, mourning the loss of a brother.
Our humble and grateful thank-you’s go out to the @Pacific_Junior, @northvanwolfpac, @Outlaws_PJHL parents, fans & Volunteers.
It was a very special night. pic.twitter.com/f4ds8CuFKm
— PJHL Outlaws (@Outlaws_PJHL) October 6, 2018
“Words cannot express the gratitude that Rick, Matthew, Nick and I have for everyone who attended Matthew’s game tonight, either in person or in spirit,” Lorraine wrote in a Facebook post.
“Matthew wanted to play for his brother, and he did him proud. We want to thank our Outlaws family for everything they have done for us. We also want to thank the North Van Wolf Pack team and coaches for showing so much class and support for a fellow player, remaining on the ice and embracing Matthew. These waters are difficult to navigate, but we know we will make it through with all the love and support we are receiving. Noah, you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten.”
Noah Trulsen’s favourite hockey player was Kevin Bieksa, who first reached out to the family to express his condolences through Twitter. He then phoned the family.
I genuinely from the bottom of my heart, would like to thank @kbieksa3 for the amazing phone call. My brother would have LOVED to talk to you, his idol! Would love to thank you in person if that is ever a possibility ! Try gentleman with major respect ! pic.twitter.com/VanE4hzvys
— Matthew Trulsen (@Matt_Trulsen) October 7, 2018