BRITISH ice hockey star Mike Hammond has been killed in a horror car crash in Canada, his former club announced.
Tributes are pouring in for the ex-Nottingham Panthers player, 33, after the fatal incident in the village of Shawnigan Lake yesterday.
Hammond was tragically killed in a car crash
The sportsman is said to have died last night following the car crash, the Panthers announced this morning.
The team said they have been left “devastated” by Hammond’s sudden passing in a statement.
It read: “The Panthers would like to send our thoughts to Mike’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
“Our thoughts too are with all his former team-mates and everyone at the club is thinking of Hammy and his family right now.
“Rest in peace Mike – you will never be forgotten.”
The Brighton-born hockey player, affectionately known as “Hammy” by pals, had enjoyed a glittering career on the world stage.
He has competed in Canada, Germany and Denmark while representing a number of different teams.
Hammond sported hockey jerseys for the likes of the Glasgow Clan, Manchester Storm and Coventry Blaze in the Elite Ice Hockey League.
As well as competing in Britain’s premier ice hockey division, he also regularly represented the country in international feats.