A former Kamloops Blazer who attempted to snatch a baby from a mother’s arms before stripping off his clothes and jumping into Okanagan Lake in April has been sentenced to two years of probation.
Harold Giffen Clarkson Nyren, 30, pleaded guilty to assault charges and one count of willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer. He was sentenced this past Tuesday in Kelowna provincial court.
Nyren was given a conditional discharge and won’t have a criminal record if he abides by the terms of his probation.
The former hockey player — who played under the name Giffen Nyren — underwent a 14-day mental-health assessment, which was court-ordered three days after the incident occurred in Kerry Park.
According to Global News, court heard that on the day in question Nyren believed the baby had been abducted, so he tried to take the child. Court also heard he was also coming to terms with the fact his hockey career was ending, had just broken up with a longtime girlfriend and had sustained at least four concussions.
The prosecution stated Nyren hadn’t been abusing drugs or alcohol.
Upon his arrest along the shoreline of the lake, Nyren was sent to hospital, where he was prescribed anti-psychotic medication.
“That day, I wasn’t in the right state of mind, so I have to accept those were my actions and, moving forward, do the best I can to avoid ever those moments happening again,” Nyren said outside Kelowna provincial court.
He also apologized to the family of the baby for his actions. The baby was not harmed in the incident.
Nyren played for the Kamloops Blazers between 2008 and 2010 before playing for the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League in the 2010-2011 season. Between 2010 and 2019, Nyren played for the University of Calgary and for AHL and ECHL teams before finishing his career with a three-season stint in France.
— with files from the Vernon Morning Star