Young ice hockey referee dies three weeks after being struck in the head by a puck

CZECH REPUBLIC’S top two ice hockey leagues will hold a minute silence in every game after a referee was killed from being struck by a puck.

Pavel Lainka, 24, was officiating a clash in a youth league tournament on August 25 when a flying puck struck him on the side of his head.

Pavel Lainka
Czech referee Pavel Lainka died after being hit by a puck

Despite wearing his helmet, Lainka collapsed onto the ice and was taken to hospital.

But after two weeks the Czech referee failed to recover and sadly lost his life last Saturday.

Lainka was a popular figure amongst the players and supporters having played in the league himself just a few years before.

The Czech Ice Hockey Federation are paying their respects to Lainka by declaring a minute silence will be held at each game played in the its top two leagues in the nation this week.

Vladimir Sindler, chairman of the Czech Ice Hockey Association’s officiating committee said: “Many remember Pavel not just from the ice rink and seminars, but also as a friend, who was always happy and smiling and was an amazing team-mate.”


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