Tragic Loss: Nic Kerdiles, Ducks’ Player from Orange County, Dies in Motorcycle Crash

By | September 23, 2023

Nic Kerdiles, a former player for the Anaheim Ducks, has died in a motorcycle accident. Kerdiles, who was from Irvine, became the first player from Orange County to play for the Ducks in 2017. The San Diego Gulls, the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, expressed their condolences to Kerdiles’ family and loved ones.

We are deeply saddened to report the tragic news of the untimely passing of Nic Kerdiles, an Irvine native and professional ice hockey player, who died in a motorcycle accident this morning. Nic, known for his remarkable skills and dedication to the sport, became the first player from Orange County to play for the Ducks in 2017. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans during this incredibly difficult time.

Nic Kerdiles was born on January 11, 1994, in Irvine, California. From a young age, he displayed an immense passion for ice hockey and quickly rose through the ranks of the sport. After excelling in high school and junior hockey, Nic went on to play collegiate hockey at the University of Wisconsin. His exceptional performances and leadership qualities caught the attention of NHL scouts, leading to his selection by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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Making his professional debut in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Norfolk Admirals, Nic continued to impress with his skills and work ethic. In 2017, he achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first player from Orange County to play for the Ducks, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Although his time in the NHL was limited, Nic’s impact on the ice and within the hockey community was profound.

The exact cause of Nic Kerdiles’ death remains unknown at this time, as investigations into the motorcycle accident are still underway. It is a devastating loss for the entire hockey community, especially for his family and loved ones who are undoubtedly experiencing unimaginable grief.

Nic will always be remembered for his passion, determination, and love for the game. His contributions to the sport and his role as a trailblazer for Orange County hockey will not be forgotten. As we mourn his passing, we extend our thoughts and deepest sympathies to Nic’s family, friends, and all those who knew and admired him. May he rest in peace..

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