A man in his 60s was airlifted to an Ottawa hospital after hitting his head on the ice while playing hockey with his family and friends, paramedics say.

1100 river road, kemptville

It happened just south of the Rideau River on River Road, between Kemptville and Merrickville, at about 3 p.m. ET.

The man was not wearing a helmet, paramedics said in a media release.

He suffered critical head injuries and was taken by air ambulance to The Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus trauma unit.