Russian junior player dies after being struck in the head by puck

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian junior ice hockey player died on Tuesday after being struck in the head by a puck during a game last week, Russia's Junior Hockey League (MHL) said.

Timur Faizutdinov, a defenseman for Dinamo St Petersburg in the MHL, was hit by a puck cleared during a playoff game against Loko Yaroslavl last Friday.

The 19-year-old collapsed to the ice and was rushed to hospital in Yaroslavl, a city located 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Moscow.

Players in the MHL and the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) will observe a minute's silence to pay tribute to Faizutdinov at their next games, the leagues said.

"You are forever Dinamo and forever in our hearts," his team wrote on Instagram.

(Reporting by Alexander Marrow and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Ed Osmond)