The hockey community around the world is mourning the loss of Hugo Vermeersch, a 8-year-old french hockey player watching his favourite team play.
The accident happened on Saturday night during opposing Dunkerque and Reims, two French teams from the highest division (D1) after the Magnus League.
3 minutes and 35 seconds before the end of the game, a flying puck leaves the middle of the ice and hit Hugo Vermeersch in the head. Suffering from a hear attack, a firefighter and a surgen present in the stands provide first need care before the kid was rushed by helicopter to the hospital in Lille where he died from his injuries the next morning.
Hugo was standing behind the protective shield but the puck went through the middle ice where the boards are lower.
The players in Dunkerque were in shock and stopped the game immediately. Today hockey players around the world wakes up being reminded that the joy of playing our sport comes with the risk of taking life away from others. Every chance we have to increase the security in our arenas must be taken.
Support from many countries started to emerge, we invite you to share your condolences with his hockey league on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtags #RIPHugo #HockeyFamily:
Their Twitter page: https://twitter.com/CorsairesDk
Their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LesCorsairesDeDunkerque
Today, the world lost Hugo, a hockey player from Dunkerque. He was such a great kid. He got hit by a puck last night at our game #RIPHugo— Niels-Erik Ravn (@RavnDk1) November 2, 2014
Repose en paix mon petit Hugo. pic.twitter.com/XMpE9nsOXd— Corsaires Dunkerque (@CorsairesDk) November 2, 2014
Photo: Arnaud Marius / Twitter