Hockey player died from undiagnosed heart condition, family says


The 14-year-old hockey player who collapsed and died during a hockey game in Brainerd Friday had an undiagnosed heart condition, according to his family.

The family of Patrick Schoonover of Eagan said Sunday that the Ramsey County Examiner's office identified the heart problem as the cause of Schoonover's death, KSTP reports.

Schoonover was a member of the Eastview Bantam AA team and was playing in the Battle for the Blue Ox hockey tournament in Brainerd when he collapsed on the ice. Paramedics attempted to revive him, but he died at a local hospital a short time later.

The boy's parents said they had no idea he had a heart problem, and had never shown any symptoms, according to KSTP.

"He had a big heart, it just wasn't made for hockey I guess," Michael Schoonover said.

On Sunday night, hundreds of people showed up to remember Patrick Schoonover at his younger brother Matthew’s PeeWee hockey game, WCCO reports. It was also Matthew's 12th birthday.

The other players also wrote "Schoonover" on their jerseys.

Since Schoonover's death, the Minnesota hockey community has been remembering him. Players wrote “play for Patrick,” along with his number, 96, on their sticks, held moments of silence before games, and tweeted their sorrow using the hashtag #PlayForPatrick.

Youth hockey associations, college teams and the Minnesota Wild all offered their condolences to the family, his teammates and the State of Hockey.

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