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Richmond beer league hockey player dies after suffering "cardiac arrest" on ice

It is understood the player was a 25-year-old goaltender
The player at the Richmond Ice Centre is understood to be just 25 years old

A Richmond beer league hockey player is reported to have died after suffering a heart problem on the ice.

The man – understood to be a 25-year-old goaltender – was playing at the city-run Richmond Ice Centre, on Triangle Road, on Friday night.

According to people who were playing in the game, the goalie had subbed into the game, but suffered some form of cardiac arrest.

It is understood that either players or facility staff used the centre’s defibrillator on the stricken man until paramedics arrived.

It is not clear if the player was pronounced dead at the scene or after being taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for the city confirmed on Sunday morning that the player “experienced a health issue while playing hockey…Friday evening.

“First aid was administered until emergency services arrived and transported the person to hospital. 

“Despite the efforts of all involved, we understand he passed away. This is a tragic situation and our deepest sympathies go to their family and friends.”

The Richmond News has reached out the BC Ambulance Service for more details.