The Winnipeg Free Press has reported that Jordan Mistelbacher, who spent parts of the past three seasons with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL, was found dead in his hometown of Winnipeg, Man., on Tuesday. He had just turned 19 on Jan. 11.
Mistelbacher, a 6-foot-2, 209-pound power forward who had four goals and two assists in 26 games for Everett this season, had just been reassigned to the Winnipeg Saints of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League on Saturday. He practiced with the Saints on Monday, after which his mother, Lynne Mistelbacher, said he went out to celebrate his birthday with his friends. He never returned home.
A Winnipeg police spokeswoman confirmed the police responded to a deceased 19-year-old male at a residence Tuesday, though she would not confirm the name. She said an autopsy was performed Wednesday and based on initial indications the death was not being considered suspicious, nor hockey related. The police were still awaiting toxicology results, which might not be completed for some time.
Even when the results are known, by Manitoba law they do not have to be released to the public.
“All I know is he went out drinking and they think that had a lot to do with it,” Lynne Mistelbacher told the Free Press. “I guess he got sick and his friend laid him down, and when he went back to check on him he was semi-conscious and he called 911
“He loved Everett so much, he loved the guys on the team. I know he wasn’t happy because he wasn’t playing and I told him he should be here. But he was really close to everyone there, I think it’s why he stayed as long as he did.”