CT boy, 10, dies after attending youth hockey tournament in Buffalo

Joy Montgomery
January 18, 2018

A 10-year-old boy who visited Western New York last weekend for a hockey tournament has died from complications of the flu.

Here's where you can get vaccinatedNico Mallozzi, a fourth grader at West School in New Caanan, was at a hockey tournament in NY but didn't play because he felt sick.

"Nico Mallozzi tested positive for Type B flu as did his brother", said Dr. David Reed, the New Canaan health director. "If you're not vaccinated, get vaccinated now".

The cause of Mallozzi's death is unknown at this point. Still want to get the flu shot?

CT school officials are reportedly taking extra precautions following Mallozzi's death. Luizzi said emails will be sent out to West School parents explaining the situation, followed by an email to parents across the district.

The school system is also doing everything it can to prevent this strain of flu from spreading to other children, including additional cleaning in the school buildings.

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The Connecticut Roughriders hockey club posted a bulletin to its website this week warning parents about the dangers of influenza. According to a tweet from Xavier High School Headmaster Dave Eustis, there will be a moment of silence held in Mallozzi's honor at the New Canaan/Xavier game on January 16.

"It is a very sad day for all of us", the statement read.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Nico's parents, his sister Marina, and his brothers Joey and Michael, and we stand ready to support each of them in every way possible in the time ahead", wrote Luizzi.

A GoFundMe page was set up for the family and can be found here. "Our rink won't be the same without him". "Nico was a great kid with a great smile and he will be missed greatly".

Hospitals are struggling to keep up with a surge of flu-related cases and while experts say it's too early to declare how bad this flu season will be, troubling signs have bubbled up throughout the country.

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