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Falling hockey net kills Quebec boy, 9, at outdoor rink

In this file photo an NHL net is seen during a hockey game.

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A nine-year-old boy is dead after an accident at an outdoor rink in small municipality northeast of Montreal.

Quebec provincial police say the boy was playing hockey alone at around 9 a.m. Saturday morning when a hockey net fell on top of him.

Two municipal workers in Saint-Severin, Que. found the boy lying on the ice underneath the net, according to police spokesman Daniel Thibaudeau.

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"They tried to help him but it was already too late," Thibaudeau said.

The boy was taken to a nearby hospital where his death was confirmed. Thibaudeau said police don't consider the incident a criminal matter.

Saint-Severin is about 200 kilometres from Montreal.

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