KAMLOOPS, British Columbia -- The funeral Wednesday of veteran hockey player Don Ashby will be attended by Edmonton Oilers Owner Peter Pocklington, head coach Glen Sather and team captain Lee Fogolin.
The club's superstar center Wayne Gretzky will visit with Ashby's parents and other relatives the following day, a spokesman for the Oilers said in Edmonton Monday.
Ashby, 26, died Saturday in a hospital in Penticton, B.C., about five hours after he was involved in the accident some 15 kilometers north of Penticton. The Penticton Royal Canadian Mounted Police have filed a report of the accident with the crown prosecutor, who may press charges later this week, an RCMP spokesman said.
Sather called Ashby 'the consummate professional, a special human being who was willing to put personal glory aside for the sake of his team.'
The Oilers' coach said that Ashby demonstrated his team attitude by 'putting in his best season as a professional' after being sent down to Edmonton's Central Hockey League farm team in Wichita, Kan.
'There was little doubt that Don would have been back in the NHL with the Oilers next season,' Sather said.
Ashby, who broke into the NHL as the Toronto Maple Leafs' top draft choice in 1975, was driving with his wife Terry to their home in Kamloops from Wichita at the time of the accident.
His wife suffered a broken jaw and facial lacerations in the accident.
He was traded to the Colorado Rockies in 1978, and the Oilers obtained him in exchange for Bobby Schmautz early in 1980.