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Flu kills 10-year-old CT boy who traveled to hockey tournament

18 January 2018, 04:26 | Darrell Baldwin

10-Year-Old New Canaan Boy Died Suddenly Over the Weekend: Superintendent

New Canaan student dies suddenly Sunday morning

A 10-year-old boy who was in Buffalo last week for a youth hockey tournament has died after contracting the flu, followed by pneumonia and sepsis.

The boy, identified by the New Canaan Advertiser as Nico Mallozzi, had the flu and also pneumonia followed by sepsis, the newspaper said citing CT health officials.

However, Nico did not play any games with his team, the Connecticut Roughriders Hockey Club.

Nico passed away after leaving a hockey tournament early this past weekend because he had been feeling unwell, district officials have said.

According to Luizzi, the cause of death is being determined, but it was confirmed Mallozzi had the flu when he died.

Mallozzi's brother also tested positive for the flu, Reed said, adding: "This has been one of the worst flu seasons and I think it will continue until March".

"One of Nico's coaches described him best: Nico's sly little smile and charm have captivated, entertained and kept us on our toes", Kristen Morin, the creator of the page wrote as a tribute to the boy.

Luizzi said it's been a hard two days since getting the news about the death of Nico, who attended West Elementary School and played defenseman for the team based out of South Norwalk.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mallozzi family right now.

You are welcome to join us at West on Monday morning between 10:00 - 12:00 to be together in love and support. According to a tweet from Xavier High School Headmaster Dave Eustis, there will be a moment of silence held in Mallozzi's honor at the New Canaan/Xavier game on January 16.

I know you join me in keeping them in our hearts. At this point, the cause is unknown.

"The men and women of the NCPD express our deepest condolences to the Mallozzi family with the tragic passing of their son Nico". This great kid lost his life today. "We're really going to miss him and remember him very fondly". He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died a short time later.

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