Former professional hockey player turned senior player Giffen Nyren, finds himself in serious trouble with the RCMP in British Columbia today following an incident Sunday.
Nyren is alleged to have grabbed a child by the head from a stroller at a park near Lake Okanogan. The child was safely wrestled back to safety by its parents while Nyren continued his bizarre spree by stripping nude and jumping into the lake, where he managed to evade police and witnesses for a few minutes before ultimately being detained.
.@KelownaRCMP lead away a suspect at Kerry Park after a child was allegedly grabbed from their mother Sunday. Witnesses said after being rebuffed, the suspect took his clothes off and swam in Okanagan Lake before being apprehended. Child is OK. Video: Madison Attwood. @cbcnewsbc pic.twitter.com/fcRwkqLcBs
— Chad Pawson (@ChadPawson) April 29, 2019
In a witness video Nyren escapes from the RCMP several times even after they gave him a blanket to cover himself up. Giffen was asked by a bystander why he wasn’t going to the police, and he responded that, “they scare me.”
The child was looked over by paramedics on site and brought to a nearby hospital but has since been updated to good health.
Nyren has been charged with one count of assault and one count of willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer. Nyren was due in court this afternoon, however, he has been in the hospital since this incident occurred.
Nyren had a lengthy major junior career, playing over 200 games in the WHL for three teams, followed by a 15-game stint in the AHL, then played parts of three seasons in the ECHL that were sandwiched around two seasons of Canadian college hockey. Following his North American pro career, Nyren played parts of three seasons in Europe, including France this past season, before returning and playing Senior AAA in Canada this winter.
We will update this story as it unfolds.