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Former Roughrider dies in crash north of Fort St. John


Thursday at 2:00 p.m. the Fort St. John RCMP responded to a report of a collision at Mile 83 on the Alaska Highway. When police arrived, it was determined that all the people in both vehicles had already died.

The head-on collision involved two pick-up trucks, with a 22 year old female and male in one of the vehicles.

The other vehicle included Reed and his wife.

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Reed played for Saskatchewan from 1965 to 1970 after spending his first two seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos. He won a Grey Cup with the Riders in 1966, the team’s first CFL championship in franchise history.

“Ken Reed was a great player, a mainstay in the local business community and an even better person,” Riders president and CEO Jim Hopson said in a release. “Ken came here as a young American football player and helped us win a Grey Cup.

“He made the area his permanent home while opening a successful business following his career. He truly will be missed.”

As a Roughrider, Reed played in the 1966, 1967 and 1969 Grey Cup games. He was a member of the 1970 Saskatchewan team that posted a 14-2 record, the best in franchise history, while also being named a West all-star in 1969.

Reed was inducted into the Saskatchewan Roughriders Plaza of Honor in 2006.

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