This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
A car accident in Toronto on Wednesday has consumed life of a young man who is being remembered as an excellent squash player with a bright future. 23-year-old Adrian Dudzicki was biking on his way to the National Squash Academy at around 9:30 a.m. when he was struck by a BMW at Yukon Lane and Sheppard Ave. West., which resulted in his immediate death at the scene.
Dudzicki, or “Dudz” as he was popular among friends, shifted to Toronto from Ottawa almost three years ago to begin professional training at the National Squash Academy. At the time of his death, Executive director of Squash Canada, Danny Dacosta, remembered him saying that “he was a squash nut,” and “he loved to play with anyone. And he’d be on the court 10, 12 hours a day if he could.” He alleged that Canada’s squash community is devastated by the loss, adding that “he’s a family member . . . We’re taking it pretty hard because he was a bright light for the future for us.”
Dudzicki acquired his career-high 9th place ranking in Canadian men’s open singles last year, which also landed him at 136th position in the Professional Squash Association’s world rankings. He grabbed the title of Ontario Squash Singles Championship in 2012, along with becoming the Canadian University and College Champion in 2010. Dacosta stated that “he was a warrior on the court,” and “he gave it everything he had every time he went on the court.”