Entertainment Sports 19-Year-Old Russian Hockey Player Dies After Being Hit by a Puck Timur Faizutdinov, a defenseman with Dynamo St. Petersburg's junior team, was hit with a puck as the team played Loko Yaroslavl on Friday By Jason Hahn Jason Hahn Jason Hahn is a former Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He started at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter in 2017 and interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 16, 2021 01:41 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: MHC Dynamo St. Petersburg A 19-year-old hockey player from Russia died after being hit in the head by a puck last Friday. Timur Faizutdinov, a defenseman for Dynamo St. Petersburg's junior team, was taken to a hospital after being hit during a game against Loko Yaroslavl, his team said in a statement posted to their website, which was translated from Russian. He died from the injury on Tuesday. "The puck hit the head area, the player was hospitalized in serious condition. Doctors fought for his life for three days," the team said of Faizutdinov. "Forever at Dynamo. Forever in our hearts," they added. The team held a moment of silence for Faizutdinov during their game on Tuesday and shared a video from the ceremony on their Twitter page. Colby Cave's Wife Emily Opens Up About Hockey Player's 'Traumatic' Sudden Death at 25 A clip posted to social media reportedly showed the moment Faizutdinov was hit. In it, a Loko Yaroslavl player is seen attempting to strike the puck toward the goal. The puck instead flies up and hits Faizutdinov. After being struck, Faizutdinov grasps his face and falls to the ground. World's Longest Hockey Game Played for 252 Hours amid Below Freezing Temperatures The Russian Ice Hockey Federation posted a statement about the tragedy to their Twitter account on Tuesday following Faizutdinov's death. "19-year-old Dynamo Saint Petersburg defenseman Timur Faizutdinov has tragically passed away," they wrote. RELATED: Texas Hockey Coach, 29, Dies from Coronavirus Complications Just Days After First Feeling Unwell "He was in intensive care following a head injury sustained in an MHL match against Loko Yaroslavl on March 12," their message continued. "The RIHF extends its deepest condolences to Timur's family and friends."