Tributes pour in for Surrey raised former West Kelowna hockey player Parm Dhaliwal who died in New York City Funeral on Sunday in Delta


It was a day of mourning for the BC Hockey world and especially for the South Asian community when they heard the loss of 23-year-old hockey player Parmjot (Parm) Dhaliwal.
A former West Kelowna Warriors player, Dhaliwal died in a hotel in New York City last weekend, according to media reports. “Some sad news to share as former Warrior Parm Dhaliwal passed away over the weekend. Our thoughts are with the Dhaliwal family,” West Kelowna Warriors announced on their social media.
Circumstances surrounding the death are unknown at the time.
According to various media reports he faced concussion issues. According to Kelowna Now Dhaliwal was slated to play in the 2019-20 season for his final year of BCHL hockey, but had several concussion issues in the years prior.
A native of Surrey, Dhaliwal played his prep hockey with the Okanagan Hockey Academy and Yale Hockey Academy in Abbotsford.
After playing two games with the Chilliwack Chiefs in 2016, Dhaliwal was signed by the Warriors. In three seasons, he tallied 38 goals and 82 assists in 148 games played. He was a point a game player in 2018-19 as an assistant captain with 50 in 50 games.
Due to symptoms from concussions, Dhaliwal was unable to play his final season with the Warriors in 2019-2020.
News of his death quickly reached social media, with teams and hoceky community from around the league paying their respects.
Mike Hardman of Chicago Blackhawks wrote, “RIP Parm Dhaliwal…made me feel so comfortable when my family was so far away. I’ll always remember the memories we made on and off the ice. My heart is torn brother, miss you already.”
BC Hockey League in a Tweeted, “The BCHL lost one of our own over the weekend as we learned of the passing of former West Kelowna Warrior Parm Dhaliwal.”
BCHL, while sharing a clip from a game wrote, “Just give Parm Dhaliwal the puck! He puts the @BCHLWarriors on his back and scores the overtime winner, his second of the night, to even the series up 2-2 vs Wenatchee.”
United Surrey, the slate headed by MP Sukh Dhaliwal for Surrey’s municipal election, shared, “Parm Dhaliwal was a local Surrey, BC young person who emerged as a role model loved and respected by everyone he came in contact with; his passing is being mourned across this province. We send our sincere condolences to the Dhaliwal family.”
His funeral services will be held this Sunday, August 7th at Riverside Funeral Home in Delta.
For those who can’t make Parm Dhaliwal’s Celebration of Life on Sunday are also invited to a candle light vigil at Prince Charles School at 7pm in Surrey. If you had the privilege of playing with, against, or knew Parm through hockey please wear a jersey to show the immense impact Parm had on the hockey community.