Nicolas Kerdiles, a former NHL player who tragically perished at 29 due to a motorcycle crash in Nashville, left behind an incredible legacy when he passed away at an age 29 after being involved in a motorcycle crash. Drafted by both Anaheim Ducks and Winnipeg Jets as well as having pursued real estate interests alongside playing hockey professionally. We will delve into Nicolas’ life and career here and pay our respects as we celebrate his achievements and thank him for making an impressionful mark in hockey culture.
The Tragic Accident
Nicolas Kerdiles met with a fatal motorcycle accident early Saturday morning after running a stop sign, colliding with an SUV. Despite attempts to save him at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nicolas ultimately succumbed to his injuries and passed away from them. According to Metro Nashville Police Department reports no sign of impairment by either driver, nor any charges associated with this collision.
Kerdiles’ Hockey Journey
Kerdiles began his hockey journey when he was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in 2012. During his two seasons with them – 2016-17 and 2017-18 – he made appearances that made history: first player from Orange County ever to play for them! Later on, in 2018, Kerdiles was traded to Winnipeg Jets’ minor league affiliate team called Manitoba Moose where he continued playing hockey as part of their minor league affiliate system.
The Legacy of a Team Player
Nicolas Kerdiles left an indelible mark on the hockey world, particularly through his contributions to Team USA. He played a pivotal role in the under-18 squad’s success, helping them win two gold medals at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s U18 World Championship. His dedication and teamwork were admired by his peers and fans alike.
College Hockey and the Badger Family
Before embarking on his professional career, Kerdiles honed his skills in college hockey at the University of Wisconsin. His alma mater expressed their sorrow on social media, emphasizing his “great spirit as part of our Badger family.” His time with the Wisconsin Badgers not only shaped him as a player but also as an individual.
Life Beyond Hockey: Real Estate and Personal Life
After his hockey career, Kerdiles transitioned into the world of real estate, establishing himself in Nashville. This career change showcased his versatility and determination to succeed outside of the rink. Additionally, Nicolas Kerdiles was once engaged to Savannah Chrisley, a well-known TV personality from “Chrisley Knows Best.” Despite their split in 2020, Chrisley posted a heartfelt message on social media, expressing her love and grief over his passing.
Condolences and Reflections
Anaheim Ducks and USA Hockey sent their condolences and fondest memories of Nicolas Kerdiles, underscoring his lasting impact on teammates, coaches and fans alike as both an influential player as well as someone with an exceptional character.
Nicolas Kerdiles’ untimely death has been an immense loss to hockey. His legacy will always be remembered through his achievements on the ice, his resilience in facing challenges, and his transition into a successful career beyond hockey. We mourn his untimely departure as we reflect upon a young athlete whose influence had an imprintful mark on his sport; Nicolas will forever remain an iconic hockey figure who touched many lives throughout his time in hockey and beyond. Nicolas will always remain part of our community’s memory not just as an inspiring athlete but as an incredible person who touched many hearts throughout hockey – it all just doesn’t get better than that!