A 19-year-old Russian hockey player tragically lost his life after he was hit in the head by the puck during a game as announced by his team on Tuesday.
On Friday, March 12, defenseman Timur Faizutdinov was playing for Dynamo St. Petersburg’s junior team in a playoff game against Loko Yaroslavl. During the game, he was hit square in temple by a puck hit from the neutral zone.
Faizutdinov immediately collapsed to the ground in severe pain and was transported to a hospital in the city of Yaroslavl. The Junior Hockey League said Faizutdinov died Tuesday after “doctors fought for Timur’s life over the course of three days.”
“Dynamo Saint Petersburg defenseman Timur Faizutdinov has tragically passed away at the age of 19. 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.”
Dynamo said upcoming games in competitions, including the Kontinental Hockey League, will begin with a minute’s silence for Faizutdinov.
Faizutdinov had competed in close to 200 games in his career for Dynamo St. Petersburg and was also made team captain. It is truly a shame such a bright future was taken from him due to a tragic accident such as this.