A 55-year-old man is dead after collapsing during a hockey game at the Wentworth Arena Wednesday night.

The man fell just before 7 p.m., said Pat Doyle, general manager for the arena.

A paramedic and a nurse who happened to be there attempted CPR and an on-site defibrillator was used, said regional coroner Dr. Jack Stanborough.

An ambulance was called to the arena and the man was taken to hospital and pronounced dead, Stanborough said. There are no criminal charges pending or foul play suspected, he added.

"We are currently investigating the cause of death, but have nothing yet at this time," Stanborough said. A cause of death could come as soon as Thursday if the findings are "straightforward."

The man was playing hockey when he began to feel unwell, said Jim Cochrane, a commander with Hamilton EMS.

"He skated to the bench and collapsed," he said. When EMS arrived, "they found him without vital signs."

Doyle knew the man for over a decade, but wouldn't give his name out of respect for the family.

"He was an awesome guy," Doyle said. "He was the guy that would calm the team down — a real ambassador for the men's league. The mediator who had a good head on his shoulders."