A 19-year old Russian hockey player died on Tuesday as a result of being hit in the head by a puck during a game. Dynamo St. Petersburg junior team defenseman Timur Faizutdinov was struck by a puck during his team's playoff game against Loko Yaroslavl on Friday.
The puck that hit Faizutdinov came from the neutral zone, according to the Associated Press. When he was hit, Faizutdinov immediately collapsed and was treated by team doctors and paramedics on the ice. He ultimately was taken to a hospital in the Russian city of Yaroslavl, where the game was being played.
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On Tuesday, the Junior Hockey League announced that Faizutdinov had died due to the injuries he sustained during the incident.
Dynamo Saint Petersburg defenseman Timur Faizutdinov has tragically passed away at the age of 19.— SKA Ice Hockey Club (@hcSKA_News) March 16, 2021
He had received a fatal head injury during an MHL match against Loko in Yaroslavl on March 12.
SKA Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to Timur’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/gDQkK43ILr
In the wake of Faizutdinov's death, Dynamo, who also has a team in the Kontinental Hockey League, will begin their upcoming games with a minute-long moment of silence for the 19 year-old defenseman.
"The Kontinental Hockey League is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of JHL Dynamo St. Petersburg player, Timur Fayzutdinov, after he sustained a head injury during a JHL fixture on 12th March," the KHL said in a statement.
"We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."
Evgeni Malkin is wearing a #77 sticker on his helmet in remembrance of Timur Faizutdinov, who tragically passed away after suffering a head injury in a recent hockey game. He was 19, and the captain of Dynamo St. Petersburg. Our hearts go out to Timur's family and teammates. pic.twitter.com/qIhSv1GXm5— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 16, 2021
The Penguins tweeted, "Our hearts go out to Timur's family and teammates."