Russian hockey player dies after hit to the head
A player in the Kazakhstani ice hockey league has died, several
days after a violent hit to the head during a playoff game.
Dmitri Uchaykin, a Russian forward for the Ertis Pavlodar club,
was 32. His club announced the death on its website, but did not
give further details.
Uchaykin took a hard hit from Arystan forward Donatas
Kumeliuskas during their semifinal Wednesday, but Russia’s Sovetsky
Sport newspaper said the player left the ice on his own and went
home after the game. It said he then lost consciousness the next
day and was rushed to a local hospital, where he died of a stroke
Uchaykin had spent most of his career with Russian club