Penguins prospect burned in stag party explosion

Jordy Bellerive #15 of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, shown during a WHL game in 2016, signed a three-year contract with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins
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Calgary (Canada) (AFP) – Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Jordy Bellerive is expected to make a full recovery after three people suffered serious burns in a fire-pit explosion at a bachelor party in Canada, police and the NHL said.

“The Pittsburgh Penguins have been in direct contact with prospect forward Jordy Bellerive since he was injured in an incident. Assistant general manager Bill Guerin has spoken with Bellerive, who is in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery,” the National Hockey League club said in a statement Sunday morning.

Canadian police said Sunday they are investigating an “incident” which occurred at around 11:43 pm Friday in which three people were injured when a “substance was placed into a fire-pit that caused an explosion.”

The trio were attending a bachelor party at a remote spot east of Calgary, Canadian media reported. Global News television in Lethbridge said two of the players suffered potentially life-threatening injuries and one of those is critical.

Bellerive’s junior team, the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League, also released a statement saying that he and the two other players, Ryan Vandervlis and Matt Alfaro, were hospitalized with “various injuries.”

Vandervlis played last season with the junior team while Alfaro is a former player who now plays college hockey.

The 19-year-old Bellerive signed a three-year contract with the Penguins in September after an impressive training camp. 

He scored 46 goals and added 46 assists over 71 games in the WHL with the Hurricanes this season. 

Vandervlis, 20, scored 11 goals and 19 points in 19 games last season. He missed most of the 2017-18 season after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in December. 

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