CT boy, 10, dies from flu after going to hockey tournament


A 10-year-old New Canaan boy died suddenly over the weekend, according to the superintendent of schools, and the school community is coming together this morning.

According to Reed, Nico had been seen at a good local hospital in Buffalo-site of the youth hockey tournament-and diagnosed there with flu.

"If you're not vaccinated, get vaccinated now", he said. Even if only partially effective, this season's flu vaccine can lessen severity of symptoms if someone gets sick. There was "no way to know in advance, no sign specifically" showing that Nico's body also was becoming overwhelmed by an infection due to pneumonia secondary to the flu at that point, Reed said.

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Mallozzi played for the Connecticut Rough Riders Hockey Club, which posted a message on its website, offering prayers for Mallozzi's family.

Custodians in the CT school district will be performing extra cleanings at all buildings as a precaution until the end of flu season, Luizzi said. He was a "wonderful, enthusiastic, outgoing boy who was known school-wide for his high spirits, limitless energy, and quick smile", Luizzi said. A New Canaan health official reported to the Advertiser information that he received from a New York State medical examiner.

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"There are no words to describe the loss we feel", a Mallozzi family statement on the site read.

It is a very sad day for all of us, Nico was a great kid with a great smile and he will be missed greatly.

"Nico's sly little smile and charm have captivated, entertained and kept us on our toes", said the GoFundMe description, quoting one of Mallozzi's coaches.

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"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. "Our rink won't be the same without him".