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Hockey player, 11, dies days after getting hit by puck in Quebec

By The Canadian Press on December 15, 2023.

An 11-year-old boy has died after getting hit by a hockey puck during a junior hockey league practice event near Montreal on Tuesday. Rubber marks from pucks dot the glass at a hockey practice in Vancouver on Thursday, June 2, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

SAINT-EUSTACHE, Que. – An 11-year-old boy has died after getting hit by a puck during a junior hockey league practice near Montreal earlier this week.

Police in the suburb of St-Eustache confirmed his death in a news release today, adding that they have informed the Quebec coroner’s office.

The incident occurred at around 7 p.m. Tuesday, when police and ambulance services responded to a 911 call at the Walter-Buswell arena in St-Eustache.

Police say the boy was hit by accident and that he was wearing all the required protective equipment.

Multiple media have reported that the boy was hit in the neck, but police have not confirmed that information.

A spokesperson for Hockey Qu├ębec says neck guards are part of a player’s regular protective equipment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 15, 2023.

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