Community mourns hockey star killed in crash

Friends and family members of a high school hockey star killed in a car accident this week honored his memory Friday.



Classmates and family members of Dan Triano, 17, held a fundraiser Friday at the Kenilworth Recreation Center hoping to create a scholarship for student athletes in his name.



Fellow students and family members sold buttons and T-shirts in his memory. His uncle says the shirts sold out in less than two hours.



People who knew Triano say he was a standout player for the Dayton-Brearly hockey team and the New Jersey Youth Devils. He had recently been named the top player in Union County. He planned to become a pharmacist.



On Wednesday, shortly after he left school, Triano lost control of his car. He hit another vehicle head-on and died hours later. 



A memorial for Triano continues to grow at the crash site on Cooper Road in Scotch Plains. His teammates have left several mementos, including a bag filled with hockey pucks. 



Triano's family says part of the proceeds from Friday's sale will help establish the scholarship. The rest of the money raised will be donated to epilepsy research, because his cousin Amanda has the disease.



Mourners will have a celebration of life ceremony Monday morning, and there will be a student vigil held at the David Brearly High School football field in Kenilworth Wednesday night from 7 to 11 p.m. 


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."