Injured player must return

Riley Brinnen will return to the Tournament Capital Center this weekend to be honored as a graduating athlete, according to Thompson Rivers University.

Brinnen was one of two TRU varsity athletes who suffered life-altering injuries in a multi-vehicle accident in November. The accident killed Owyn McInnis and seriously injured Brinnen and Owen Waterhouse.

McInnis, Brinnen and Waterhouse were members of the TRU WolfPack men's varsity volleyball team.

Charges have not yet been laid, but Kamloops RCMP Supt. Jeff Pelley said last month that charges are probably coming.

Brinnen is out of Vancouver General Hospital and is recovering at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Center in Vancouver.

“I'm learning a lot about my injuries and how to deal with it all. It's not easy, but I'm keeping a positive attitude and receiving a lot of support from family, friends and everyone involved in my ongoing recovery,” Brinnen said in a statement. GoFundMe Update on February 6th.

“Every visit, text or call means a lot to me and helps pass the time while I heal.”

In the update, Brinnen said he was able to watch his teammates play at the University of the Fraser Valley earlier this month.

“It was great to see them all and sit with them courtside to watch the games,” the update reads.

The Wolfpack will face the Mount Royal Cougars on Friday at 7:15 pm and Saturday at 4:45 pm at the Tournament Capital Centre.

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