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Atletico Ottawa Dylon Powley

Remembering Dylon Powley

By on June 21, 2024 0 5717 Views

Former Canadian Premier League goalkeeper Dylon Powley has passed away at the age of 27.

The New Westminster-born athlete was a well-known figure to CPL fans after spells with both FC Edmonton and Atletico Ottawa, having tallied 35 combined appearances for the sides through 2019-2021.

He also championed a pro-union push for CPL athletes during the Island Games and beyond, publicly advocating for improvements in work conditions and communications from the league.

Photo Credit: John Jacques

Powley announced his retirement from professional football in 2022, focusing on his own goalkeeper academy and working with the Whitecaps Academy. More recently, he had also delved into refereeing as he helped to grow the game in League1 Alberta.

Born in B.C. but growing up Edmonton, Alberta, his playing career started at the semi-professional level with the Calgary Foothills, where he was named Rookie of the Year amongst a deep playoff run that preceded his first professional steps with Swedish side FC Gute in 2018.

FC Edmonton Dylon Powley
Photo Credit: FC Edmonton

He then joined FC Edmonton ahead of the inaugural CPL season, establishing himself as a young talent in the league who broke through as a starter with Atletico Ottawa two seasons later. He made nine appearance for FC Edmonton and 26 for Atletico Ottawa.

He used his platform in football to advocate for many great causes, including that of the Stollery Children’s Hospital he’d once been admitted to as a child with Guillain-Barre syndrome. The former Ottleti goalkeeper also helped raised funds for Triple Kick, a not-for-profit organization that uses soccer to promote mental and physical wellbeing following the passing of his brother Nicholas last year.

Known by fans as a passionate and hard-working man who always proved generous with his time, he had attained youth coaching license and seemed poised to have a bright future following his career as a player. He gave a lot back into the game he loved, and his many selfless acts were indicative of his character.

Powley’s passing comes as the result of a solo motorcycle accident in southwest Edmonton. Police believe he lost control and that speed was not a factor.

Our deepest condolences go out to the Powley family and those who knew Dylon, who was and will always be a great man taken far too soon.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques