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- Kerdiles played in a total of seven NHL games – all with the Anaheim Ducks
- He died in the early hours of Saturday morning following a motorcycle accident
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Former NHL player Nic Kerdiles’ ex-fiancée Savannah Chrisley has made her first public comments following his tragic passing.
Kerdiles died in the early hours of Saturday morning following a motorcycle accident at the age of 29.
Chrisley, who has been featured on the USA Network reality television show ‘Chrisley Knows Best,’ took to her Instagram story to pay tribute to her ex-fiancé – although the nature of the post appeared to suggest they were romantically involved again.
In her first post she captioned a boomerang video of the couple kissing by saying: ‘I’m still hoping you respond to my text…’
She then uploaded a picture of the two holding hands and smiling as they walked along a beach in her second post and wrote: ‘Heaven gained the most beautiful angel today… I miss you and I love you…
Savannah Chrisley has broken her silence after ex-fiancée Nic Kerdiles’ tragic death
Kerdiles played seven total games with the Anaheim Ducks and logged 199 games in the AHL
He died in a motorcycle crash after posting this image on his Instagram story on Friday
‘I’ll forever save our last messages of ‘I love you’… Please send me a sign that you’re ok… Maybe it’ll be thru a ham and cheese crepe.. or pasta with white sauce… or maybe even your favorite carrot cake.
‘We loved hard… and I can’t wait to ride bikes along the beaches of heaven with you one day.’
In a statement released Saturday afternoon, the Ducks said, ‘We’re heartbroken to hear the news about Nic Kerdiles, who died in a motorcycle accident this morning. An Irvine native, Nic became the first player from Orange County to play for the Ducks, in 2017. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and loved ones.’
In 2012, the Anaheim Ducks drafted Kerdiles in the second round with the 36th overall pick. He went on to attend the University of Wisconsin for two seasons, racking up 26 goals and 45 assists for 71 points in 60 collegiate games.
After those two seasons, he signed a three-year entry level contract with the Ducks in 2014. He debuted for Anaheim’s AHL minor league affiliate – the Norfolk Admirals – in the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs. He’d go on to play for the San Diego Gulls when they became the Ducks’ new affiliate.
Following three seasons of playing in the minors, Kerdiles made his NHL debut on February 22, 2017 against the Boston Bruins.
Kerdiles went back to the Gulls and played eight games in their short-lived Calder Cup Playoff campaign.
But the Ducks called him back up for four exciting games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He was on the ice in Games 5 and 6 in the Western Conference second round against the Edmonton Oilers, a series Anaheim would eventually win.
Chrisley and Kerdiles first began dating each other back in November of 2017
Kerdiles proposed to Savannah back on Christmas Eve in 2018 after dating for over a year
Chrisley announced in a September 2020 Instagram post that the couple had split
Kerdiles’ next two games came in the Western Conference Finals against the Nashville Predators. After putting up a blank in that series’ Game 5, he tallied his first and only NHL point in Game 6.
His pass behind the net to teammate Chris Wagner cut Nashville’s lead down to 3-2. But Nashville would win that game to eliminate Anaheim and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Kerdiles would return to play in the NHL the following season for two games after he signed a one-year extension.
Unfortunately, he failed to make an impact enough to stay in the team and he played his last game with Anaheim on October 15, 2017 against the Buffalo Sabres.
He was traded to the Winnipeg Jets on June 30, 2018. While he made three appearances for their AHL team – the Manitoba Moose – he never played in the NHL again.
Kerdiles finished his NHL career with seven appearances in the regular season and the playoffs – managing one point.
In the AHL, he put up 47 goals and 60 assists for 107 regular season points in 181 regular season games.
He also had seven goals and five assists for 12 points in 18 AHL Playoff appearances.