Guests at the closing ceremonies of the games bow their heads yesterday to honour Marvin Klein, who died Saturday.

Participants and special guests at this year’s Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games took a moment to pay tribute to a fellow athlete who died during competition over the weekend.

Marvin Klein, 68, collapsed of an apparent heart attack while playing in a 65-plus hockey game in St. Albert on Saturday. Klein played goal for a team based in Gwynne, Alta., 80 kilometres southeast of Edmonton.

“Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Gloria,” said Capt. Ken Edel in his blessing during yesterday’s closing ceremonies.

Alberta Lt.-Gov. Donald Ethell also gave his condolences to the Klein family, who he noted was not present at the ceremonies.

John Farlinger, media chair of the games, said when Klein fell to the ice play was at the opposite end, so the collapse was not the result of contact with the puck or other players.

A nurse in the crowd reportedly noticed Klein collapse and started CPR. Lifeguards from the pool brought one of the facility’s defibrillators, and EMS was on scene within minutes to transport Klein to St. Albert’s Sturgeon General Hospital.

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