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Ex-NHL Athlete Nicolas Kerdiles Succumbs to Injuries Following Motorcycle Collision in Nashville at Age 29

by Andrew Wright
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Nicolas Kerdiles death

Nicolas Kerdiles, a former player in the National Hockey League (NHL), passed away this Saturday due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Nashville, as confirmed by local law enforcement. He was 29 years old.

Kerdiles, who once played for the Anaheim Ducks, failed to halt at a stop sign early on Saturday morning, subsequently colliding with the driver’s side of a sport utility vehicle (SUV). Metro Nashville Police Department reported that the SUV’s operator came to an immediate stop, and no signs of impairment were detected in either of the involved parties.

Kerdiles succumbed to his injuries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Authorities have stated that they do not expect to file any charges related to the accident.

Originally drafted by the Ducks in 2012, Kerdiles participated in three games over two seasons with the team, specifically during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. He was subsequently traded to the Winnipeg Jets in 2018, where he played with their affiliate team, the Manitoba Moose, in the minor leagues. Most recently, Kerdiles had been employed in the real estate sector in Nashville.

In an official statement, the Anaheim Ducks expressed their profound sorrow: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Nic Kerdiles. A native of Irvine, Nic had the distinction of being the first player from Orange County to represent the Ducks, achieving this feat in 2017. Our sincerest condolences are extended to his family and close friends.”

USA Hockey, the sport’s national governing entity, also expressed its sorrow over Kerdiles’ passing, noting his contributions to Team USA’s under-18 team, with which he secured two gold medals at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s U18 World Championship.

Kerdiles was an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin’s hockey program, which also paid tribute to him, acknowledging his “outstanding spirit as a member of our Badger community.”

In his personal life, Kerdiles had previously been engaged to television personality Savannah Chrisley, known for her role on the reality show “Chrisley Knows Best.” The engagement was called off in 2020. Chrisley made a public statement following Kerdiles’ death, saying, “You are missed and loved,” and expressing her yearning to “one day ride bikes along the celestial shores with you.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nicolas Kerdiles death

What was the cause of Nicolas Kerdiles’ death?

Nicolas Kerdiles passed away due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Nashville, as confirmed by local law enforcement.

How old was Nicolas Kerdiles at the time of his death?

Nicolas Kerdiles was 29 years old when he died.

Which NHL team did Nicolas Kerdiles play for?

Nicolas Kerdiles played for the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL.

What happened during the motorcycle accident?

Kerdiles failed to halt at a stop sign and collided with the driver’s side of an SUV. Both drivers showed no signs of impairment, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Are there any charges being filed in relation to the accident?

Authorities have stated that they do not expect to file any charges related to the accident.

What was Nicolas Kerdiles’ occupation after leaving the NHL?

After leaving the NHL, Nicolas Kerdiles was employed in the real estate sector in Nashville.

What organizations paid tribute to Nicolas Kerdiles after his passing?

The Anaheim Ducks, USA Hockey, and the University of Wisconsin’s hockey program all paid tribute to Nicolas Kerdiles following his death.

Was Nicolas Kerdiles engaged or married at the time of his death?

Nicolas Kerdiles was not engaged or married at the time of his death. He had previously been engaged to television personality Savannah Chrisley, but the engagement was called off in 2020.

What distinction did Kerdiles hold as a player for the Anaheim Ducks?

Nicolas Kerdiles was the first player from Orange County to represent the Anaheim Ducks, achieving this feat in 2017.

How did Savannah Chrisley react to Nicolas Kerdiles’ death?

Savannah Chrisley made a public statement following Kerdiles’ death, expressing her love and stating her yearning to “one day ride bikes along the celestial shores with you.”

More about Nicolas Kerdiles death

  • Official Statement from Anaheim Ducks
  • Metro Nashville Police Department Report
  • USA Hockey Tribute to Nicolas Kerdiles
  • University of Wisconsin Hockey Program Tribute
  • Savannah Chrisley’s Public Statement
  • Nicolas Kerdiles’ Career Statistics
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center Information
  • Nashville Local News Coverage of the Accident

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7 comments

John D. September 25, 2023 - 1:12 pm

So tragic, man. Kerdiles was too young to go, just 29. Condolences to his fam and friends.

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GeorgeF September 25, 2023 - 1:50 pm

2 seasons with the Ducks and then onto real estate? Sounds like the guy had a plan for life. Too bad it got cut short. RIP.

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Kelly_W September 25, 2023 - 8:00 pm

Is it just me or do we need to talk more bout road safety? so many young lives lost.

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SaraM September 25, 2023 - 8:35 pm

Heartbreaking news. he was a talent on ice and it’s a big loss for the sports world, RIP.

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AlexM September 25, 2023 - 9:10 pm

Didn’t know much about hockey, but any life lost is tragic. Got to take it as a reminder to be safe out there, especially on bikes.

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TimothyH September 26, 2023 - 7:04 am

I’m from Orange County, and I remember when he first joined the Ducks. It was a big deal for us locals. This is just terrible news.

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RachelK September 26, 2023 - 11:08 am

Just read Savannah’s post. It’s devastating to lose someone you love. My prayers are with her and Nicolas’s family.

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