Brush High School Hockey Player Passes Away After Collapsing During Monday Practice

Brush high school is in mourning today after the death of a 17-year-old hockey player who died after collapsing during hockey practice.

Alec Kornet became short of breath while practicing at the Cleveland Heights Recreation Center with his teammates from the Arcs hockey team.

Paramedics took Kornet to Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital where he later died, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. A cause of death has yet to be released.

“The South Euclid Lyndhurst Schools formally and regrettably releases the sad news that on Tuesday evening, one of our high school students, Alec Kornet, a junior, unexpectedly passed away,” the district said in a statement released on Wednesday.

“Alec was an honor student, involved in the Charles F. Brush High School band, soccer and hockey teams. Alec was an incredibly well-liked and well-respected student by his fellow classmates. This SEL Schools is deeply saddened by his death, and extends our deepest sympathy to the Kornet family at this time.”

The junior was an honor student and also played soccer and baseball, and was a member of the school’s band.

Grief counselors are on hand today at Brush High School for staff and students.

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1 Comment on "Brush High School Hockey Player Passes Away After Collapsing During Monday Practice"

  1. Just a horrible tragedy. I hope they find out the cause of this. My prayers go out to the family.

    One potentially deadly under diagnosed genetic heart disease that came to my mind when I heard this horrific news was HCM (i.e. hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). Many people don’t know they have it.
    Our one son was diagnosed with it at the beginning of his junior year in HS hockey. He complained of mild chest pain during his cross fit training. We had taken him to the Cleveland Clinic where they discovered that he had HCM. He was advised to immediately stop playing hockey.

    Within a year after my son’s diagnosis of the heart disease, I was genetically tested for HCM as it is a heart disease that is always genetically passed on through one of the parents. It turned out that I tested positive for the gene. I then followed up at the Cleveland Clinic where they discovered with more tests (namely an echocardiogram) that I had HCM.

    Very few cardiologists are qualified to even diagnose this disease. I say this because I had a previous cardiologist just a year earlier from another hospital who upon evaluation said that I did not have HCM. Pretty scary to say the least.

    HCM has killed many athletes via sudden death. It occurs in every 1 out of 400 or so births. I attended an all day heart clinic on this one specific disease at the Cleveland Clinic. It truly is a sleeping heart disease killer that is passed on genetically.

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