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College Hockey Player Tanner Kahlau Dies in Skiing Accident at 22

by Joe Rutland
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Tanner Kahlau, a 22-year-old hockey player from Fredonia State University, died on Tuesday after a fatal ski accident in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Kahlau was on a trail at White Mountain Ski Center, located approximately 13 miles from Lake Placid, N.Y., when his accident happened. According to New York State Police, he lost control of his run and crashed into a tree. Medical staff reached Kahlau but the coroner pronounced him dead from head and neck injuries.

After receiving the news, Fredonia State University released a statement on Kahlau’s death.

“We are saddened by the loss of our teammate, Tanner,” Fredonia State head coach Jeff Meredith said. “The impact he left on our program, coaches, and teammates will forever be remembered.”

Kahlau played in all 25 hockey games for Fredonia State last season, scoring two goals and notching three assists. He had competed in the U.S. Premier Hockey League prior to enrolling at Fredonia State in 2018.

The college is located in Fredonia, N.Y.

Tanner Kahlau Remembered As ‘A Good Teammate’

“To say Tanner was a great teammate is not doing him justice,” Meredith continued. “He was a teammate that everyone loved. His kind demeanor, easy way, and welcoming smile made him a leader, confidant, and friend to all.

“He was a ‘team first’ guy and would do anything for his boys. Tanner was incredibly humble and I am fortunate to be able to say I worked with him and got to share in his college experience.”

In 2014, Kahlau was a 1,000-yard rusher on the Crestwood, Pa., football team that finished 12-1, won a District 2 title and advanced to the PIAA playoffs.

“You want to talk about a guy that really lit up a room,” said Crestwood football coach Ryan Arcangeli, who was an assistant coach for the Comets while Kahlau was on the team. “He had an ability to keep everybody calm and make everybody laugh. … He was a tremendous leader and an even better friend.”