Former Pittsburgh Penguins prospect dies during game

posted 2007-09-28 14:00:12 by mike

Robinson, 26, fell to ice without hit; no cause given.

ASIAGO, Italy (AP) -- Canadian defenseman Darcy Robinson died during the opening game of the Italian hockey league season Thursday. He was 26.

Robinson's team, Asiago, said he fell to the ice without being hit during the first period of a game against Renon and was rushed to a local hospital where he died. No cause of death was given. The game was suspended.

Robinson, who played with nearly half a dozen teams in the North American minor leagues before transferring to Asiago in 2005, was in his second season with the Italian club. He held dual Canadian-Italian citizenship and was born in Kamloops, British Columbia.