A fatal accident near Weyburn Tuesday night is being felt throughout the local sporting community.
Brennan Luffman and Shaun Seghers died Tuesday night while travelling to play in a senior men’s hockey game in Oxbow. The members of the Arcola/Kisbey Combines were travelling on Highway 13 when the truck they were in collided with a semi-trailer on an ‘S’ curve just west of Griffin. According to the RCMP, heavy snowfall and high winds caused limited visibility on the road at the time of the collision.
Luffman, 24, played junior baseball with the Moose Jaw Eagles and played two seasons in the Western Major Baseball League with the Moose Jaw Miller Express. He also played a season with the Weyburn Beavers in the WMBL.
“I’ve known an awful lot of baseball players. I’ve coached an awful lot of baseball players and winning teams — good teams — have players like Brennan Luffman,” said Moose Jaw Miller Express head coach Michael Hunt. “He’s a kid that comes to the field every day with a smile on his face and wants to do whatever he can to help the team. He was good at what he did.
“Even when he had a bad day he made everyone around him feel like they were having a good one.”
Luffman attended Sacred Heart School in Moose Jaw and played his Little League baseball in the city before moving to Weyburn where he completed high school and played his midget baseball. A talented left-handed pitcher and outfielder, Luffman also played for the Sask Selects midget provincial team twice and attended the Baseball Canada Cup.
His mother Charlene and sister Shelby both currently live in the city. He is also survived by his father Randy.
In the fall 2009 he also began a winter baseball training program out of Peacock while he attended SIAST Palliser. That led to him helping Roger Anholt and Charlie Meacher coach the midget AAA Moose Jaw Cardinals for part of that 2010 season while he also played with the Express.
He moved back to Weyburn where he worked to get his business —GrandSlam Contracting off of the ground as he specialized in concrete finishing.
A number of former Express teammates have posted notes of condolences on Luffman’s facebook page. Former Moose Jaw Warrior Carter Smith said Luffman “was such an easy guy to get along with” that he had a number of friends in Moose Jaw and Weyburn.
Miller Express board member James Gallo called Luffman a “clubhouse leader” during his time with the team. He noted that he was a popular teammate who helped keep the team loose.
“He was a lover of life. He was a guy who enjoyed each and every minute,” said Gallo. “He had fun. He was a character. He had something to say about pretty much everything. He was one of those guys that you wanted to be around. He kept you entertained and kept you smiling.”
Seghers, 25, played junior A hockey with the SJHL’s Weyburn Red Wings for parts of two seasons. The pair were assistant captains for the Combines in the Big Six Hockey League.
A celebration of Luffman’s life will be held at the Moose Jaw Alliance Church on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Friends who have played sports with Brennan or who have coached him or been coached by him are invited to wear their favourite team jersey.