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Vancouver F Pyatt leaves team after fiancee dies

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Canucks forward Taylor Pyatt has left the team after his fiancee was killed in a car accident.

Pyatt returned to his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario, after Carly Bragnalo was killed Thursday in a crash while vacationing in Jamaica. The couple, both 27, planned to marry this summer.

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis released a statement on Friday confirming the death.

Pyatt had an assist in Vancouver's 6-5 shootout loss to Anaheim on Thursday, giving the soft-spoken 6-foot-4 forward 10 goals and 19 points in 69 games this season.

Bragnalo's death is the second tragedy to hit the Canucks in the past year. Defenseman Luc Bourdon died on May 29, 2008, in a motorcycle crash near his New Brunswick home at age of 21.

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