Canadian junior hockey player Eli Palfreyman passed away this week.
Eli Palfreyman, who played for the Ayr Centennials, was 20. He reportedly died during a preseason game on Tuesday night. Palfreyman collapsed during the first intermission of the game.
“We are asking for your prayers and support for Eli’s family and each of our players. Our Centennials organization and the community of Ayr are in mourning,” Centennials vice president Brian Shantz said in a statement, via CBC News. “Eli had the best of care from our medical staff and quick response from the ambulatory staff. Medical doctors will have more answers for us in the coming days.
“Out of respect for the family’s right for privacy, we will not speculate on anything at this very difficult time. Cens nation also needs time to heal during this devastating time.”
The cause of Palfreyman’s death has not been announced yet.
Palfreyman was recently named captain of the team and in a recent video called it an honor.
“Ever since I moved to Cambridge, I’ve been coming to see games in Ayr,” he said. “To be part of the organization last year as an assistant captain was an honor and to be coming back this year, my final year, as the captain, words don’t explain how honored I am to be in this position.”