Brush High School hockey team will play tournament game in honor of teammate's unexpected death

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- The Brush High School hockey team will take the ice days after one of its players unexpectedly died after collapsing during practice. Alec Kornet's family encouraged the team to play in Saturday's district tournament game against Lake...

Brush High School hockey team will play tournament game in honor of teammate's unexpected death

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- The Brush High School hockey team will take the ice days after one of its players unexpectedly died after collapsing during practice.

Alec Kornet's family encouraged the team to play in Saturday's district tournament game against Lake Catholic High School, the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District said in a statement.

The game is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at Kent State University's Ice Arena.

The game will include a moment of silence for Alec, a 17-year-old boy who experienced trouble breathing and collapsed during a Tuesday evening hockey practice at the Cleveland Heights Recreation Pavilion on Monticello Boulevard. The junior honor student died after paramedics took him to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said.

The medical examiner's office has not determined how he died. Alec's father said Wednesday that he did not have any diagnosed medical conditions that would explain his unexpected death.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Brush High School hockey players will wear black armbands during Saturday's game. They will also wear stickers with Alec's jersey number -- 4 -- on their helmets, the school district said.

"Such immediate and compassionate ways of expressing this tribute, demonstrates the impact that Alec had on so many people in his school district, and, his community," the school district said Thursday in a statement. "The SEL Schools continues to express its deepest condolences to the family of Alec Kornet."

The school district also plans to hang a large memorial banner at Cleveland Heights Recreation Center.

Brush High School classmates have also begun honoring Alec, the district said in the statement. Students wore Cleveland Indians apparel Thursday in honor of Alec's favorite sports team, and will be allowed to wear Indians gear on Friday as well.

Students also created a memorial banner for signatures and messages. In the high school's band room, the snare drum that Alec played in the band is also on display with a bouquet of flowers, the school district said.

The Brush High School basketball team will also hold a moment of silence during its Friday evening game, the district said.

Alec was on the bench drinking water before he collapsed at Tuesday's practice, his father Scott Kornet said Wednesday outside the family's home in South Euclid.

Alec had also not suffered any injuries or taken any serious hits during recent hockey games or practices, his father added.

"He didn't seem disoriented or anything," he said. "Everything seemed normal."

Scott Kornet and the hockey team's coach performed CPR before paramedics took the boy to the hospital.

Alec was the second of three boys, with a 19-year-old brother and a 15-year-old brother, Scott Kornet said.

Alec was a member of Brush High School's band and its soccer, hockey and baseball teams, the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City School District said Wednesday in a statement.

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