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.