Early Saturday, the city of Nashville was rocked by the tragic demise of former Anaheim Ducks player, Nic Kerdiles, aged 29. The accident occurred in North Nashville when Kerdiles' Indian Motorcycle collided with a BMW SUV at the 14th Avenue North and Wheless Street intersection.
A promising talent, Kerdiles was picked by the Ducks during the 2012 NHL Draft's second round. He showcased his skills for two seasons (2016-2018) with them. Prior to his NHL journey, Kerdiles honed his abilities at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, playing for the Wisconsin Badgers.
His professional path led him to a trade deal in 2018, moving from the Ducks to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Chase De Leo. Following this, he played a season with the Manitoba Moose, a minor league team.
Details Emerge in Kerdiles' Crash
The Metro Nashville Police, through a preliminary probe, shared that around 3:30 a.m., Kerdiles, riding west on Wheless Street, overlooked a stop sign, leading to the grievous collision.
Both drivers appeared clear of any impairment. Sadly, despite being rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Kerdiles couldn't be saved. The authorities are not expecting any charges stemming from this unfortunate incident.
Kerdiles wasn't just known for his ice prowess. He was once engaged to Savannah Chrisley, featuring on her family's reality shows, "Chrisley Knows Best" and "Growing up Chrisley" during 2018-2019. The pair went their separate ways in 2020.
A heartbroken Chrisley, now a real estate professional in Tennessee, shared her sorrow on Instagram, saying, "Heaven gained the most beautiful angel today... I can't wait to ride bikes along the beaches of heaven with you one day." The hockey community has been pouring condolences.
The Anaheim Ducks, on their official X (formerly known as Twitter) page, expressed their devastation, highlighting that Nic, hailing from Irvine, was the first player from Orange County to play for them in 2017. USA Hockey also mourned, reminiscing Kerdiles' contribution in securing two golds for Team USA at the International Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.
Lastly, the Wisconsin Badgers expressed their grief on X, recalling Kerdiles' spirit that marked him a champion in both the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the Big Ten Tourney. The ripple of this tragedy has touched many, leaving behind a legacy of talent, determination, and memories.