High school hockey player collapses, dies after practice

A Massachusetts high school ice hockey player has collapsed after

practice and died.

Seventeen-year-old Matthew McCarthy was a captain on a

Pentucket Regional High School team doing non-contact drills

Tuesday on the ice at a rink in Haverhill, a city in the

northeastern part of the state. McCarthy was from a small

neighboring town called Merrimac.

Police say after practice the team had gathered at center ice

to talk with the coach when the player collapsed.

Lt. Joseph Florent says the teenager was treated at the rink

before being taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He

says there’s no indication foul play was involved in the death.

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday to try to determine

what killed the boy.