26-year-old Canadian defenseman Darcy Robinson died suddenly during the opening game of the Italian ice hockey league season Thursday.
Robinson's team, Asiago, said he fell to the ice without being hit during the first period of a game with Renon and was rushed to a local hospital where he died. No cause of death was given.
Robinson, who played with nearly half a dozen teams in the North American minor leagues before transferring to Asiago in 2005, was in his second season with the Italian club. He held dual Canadian-Italian citizenship and was born in Kamloops, British Columbia.
The game was suspended.