Hockey Star Drops Dead at 19

Leader of Windsor Spitfires collapses in family home
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2008 10:44 PM CST
Hockey Star Drops Dead at 19
New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan watches his team play against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in this March 17, 2007 file photo in Sunrise, Fla. Nolan missed the first period of a game against the San Jose Sharks on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 following the sudden death...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The 19-year-old captain of the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires, NHL draftee Mickey Renaud, died suddenly this morning. Renaud was breakfasting with teammates at his family home when he began convulsing, then passed out. The Ontario native was dead by the time he reached the hospital. Sources lcose to the Renaud’s family said an autopsy is planned, reports the Globe and Mail.

Renaud was the fifth-round pick of the Calgary Flames in 2007 and had been developing into a promising pro prospect. “The thing that struck me was his leadership, especially with a young team. He got the job done,” said a Flames’ scout. “He was such a great guy, so full of life and energy,” a former teammate lamented. (Read more hockey stories.)

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