University of Waterloo student and hockey player Tyler Norrie died suddenly Tuesday in Simcoe, Ont. a town roughly 150 km southwest of Toronto.
He was working out at a local gym in his hometown when he collapsed. When paramedics arrived on the scene around 5 p.m. ET, Norrie's vital signs were absent and he could not be resuscitated, said Russ Power, the director of Norfolk County EMS.
There is no known cause of death at this time.
Norrie, 22, was a rookie with the university's Waterloo Warriors and had just completed his second year of study in the geography and environment program, according to Brian Bouque, head coach of the Warriors.
"We're finding this tough because he was important to us but, you know, we all are, I think, deeply feeling for the family," said Bourque.
Bourque said Norrie had worked hard during the past season to secure a spot on the team's lineup, and the Warriors were looking forward to having him as a regular on the team in the fall.
"He almost cherished or relished the opportunity to be a bit of the underdog and prove people wrong," said Bourque. "Very hard working, always positive."
Bourque said he would be meeting with team members Thursday evening and the university had provided a counsellor to speak to the players.
Members of the hockey team, along with coaching staff plan to attend Norrie's funeral, scheduled for Saturday in Simcoe.
His family is requesting donations in his memory be made to Camp Trillium Rainbow Lake in nearby Waterford.