Czech ice hockey referee dies after hit in head by puck

PRAGUE (AP) " An ice hockey referee in the Czech Republic has died after he was injured in a game.

The Czech Ice Hockey Federation says Pavel Lainka, aged 24, died on Saturday, without elaborating on his injury. According to media reports, Lainka was hit in the head by a puck in a youth game.

The federation says a minute of silence for Lainka will be observed at all matches in the top two leagues.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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