Update: Report on Gainey tragedy released

The owner of the Picton Castle says he is "devastatingly sorry" for the death of Laura Gainey, the daughter of Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey, who was swept off the vessel and drowned in a severe mid-Atlantic storm two years ago.

An exhaustive report by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada was released today into the tragedy that claimed Laura Gainey’s life.

A statement from the Gainey family, released this afternoon by the Canadiens, appears below.

Read more on the report here. And here you’ll find the entire report here.

Gainey family statement:



  1. HabLion says:

    So, a contributing factor to this tragedy is that they went out into adverse weather conditions, untrained, because the ship was to be used as a set in a reality TV show. Just one more reason to hate that garbage called “reality TV”.

  2. Ian Cobb says:

    Gainey having a talk with Minnesota G.M.and Lemaire, hum…m, have they got a top 4 D that they could part with.

  3. ericengels says:

    Wonder when Kurtis Foster will be back…


  4. The Teacher says:

    These are their defencemen

    47 Marc-Andre Bergeron 5′ 9″ 198 Oct 13, 1980 28 Trois-Rivières, QC, CAN
    8 Brent Burns 6′ 5″ 219 Mar 9, 1985 23 Ajax, ON, CAN
    26 Kurtis Foster 6′ 5″ 220 Nov 24, 1981 26 Carp, ON, CAN
    5 Kim Johnsson 6′ 1″ 193 Mar 16, 1976 32 Malmo, SWE
    6 Tomas Mojzis 6′ 1″ 195 May 2, 1982 26 Kolin, CZE
    2 Erik Reitz 6′ 1″ 222 Jul 29, 1982 26 Detroit, MI, USA
    55 Nick Schultz 6′ 1″ 200 Aug 25, 1982 26 Strasbourg, SK, CAN
    36 John Scott ** 6′ 8″ 258 Sep 26, 1982 26 Edmonton, AB, CAN
    41 Martin Skoula 6′ 3″ 226 Oct 28, 1979 29 Litomerice, CZE
    3 Marek Zidlicky 5′ 11″ 190 Feb 3, 1977 31 Most, CZE

    My suggested overtime format and other sports talk

  5. krob1000 says:

    Hopefully this report lends the Gainey family a sense of closure. In light of this report it appears that future incidents and or losses will be reduced and hopefully eliminated altogether. Laura’s tragedy will in effect save someone else down the road and from what we know of the Gainey family that is likely what they were seeking from this report……ensuring that another family does not have to be subjected to the same avoidable misfortune they were. By all accounts I have read Laura was a chip off the old block and was well respected and liked by all who knew her. This wasn’t just a loss for the Gainey’s it was a loss for all who knew her and those who could have maybe had the chance to know her. Tragedy is never kind but in this case her life will likely save others and somehow I hope that is a positive source of energy for the Gainey’s to draw upon in the future whenever needed.

  6. twocents says:

    Very well said krob.

  7. krob1000 says:

    When I first saw that incident I thought he might never comeback.

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