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Police Investigate Death at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

by ARLnow.com September 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm 7,949 13 Comments

Police are investigating a death that occurred at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston just before noon today.

A man in his 20s or 30s suffered some sort of a medical emergency in the complex. Paramedics performed CPR on the man, believed to be a youth hockey coach, and took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident happened while the Washington Capitals were practicing in an adjacent rink. Police have confirmed that they’re investigating a death, but have not released any other details.

Detectives were on scene taking statements from witnesses earlier this afternoon.

Update at 5:30 p.m. — As first reported by DCist, the man who died has been identified as Kettler Capitals Iceplex hockey director Brian St. Louis.

St. Louis has also been serving as a youth hockey coach for the Washington Little Capitals.

The following has been posted on the Little Capitals web site:

The Washington Little Capitals, the Kettler Capitals Iceplex and the DC hockey community lost a great person today when Brian St. Louis passed away unexpectedly in Arlington, Va.

The Little Caps organization and the Kettler Capitals Iceplex extend their deepest sympathies to Brian’s wife, Emily, and his surrounding family and friends.

Coach St. Louis spent eight years with the Little Caps organization as a player, team captain, assistant coach, head coach and hockey director. Two years ago Coach St. Louis made a career transition when he became the hockey director at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Brian’s passion for the sport of hockey and the people involved will long be remembered in this area.

Funeral arrangements and other information will be passed along when finalized.

  • Burger

    Someone fell a couple of weeks ago at Kettler and died, now this? Note: stay away from Kettler.

  • AltaW


    I believe you are referring to an apparent suicide someone committed by jumping from the parking deck adjacent to Kettler. Don’t really see how you can call that falling at Kettler….

  • V Dizzle

    I had a dream about ice skating at Kettler, and I fell out of bed.

  • Katie

    My condolences to Brian’s family and friends.

  • Matt

    My condolences to Brian’s family and friends as well. Kettler is a great place for kids, thanks to his efforts.

    • Katie

      I agree. What a terrible loss to the community.

  • Ken

    Brian was a great guy, so sad.

  • E Hughes

    As a fellow HS graduate with Brian, I am so sad to hear of this. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • Jeannie Askew Lynch

    I am so sorry Emily, Lisa, Patty and I still miss Kenny just like Brian did. Billy, Diane and myself are devistated. I can’t sleep once again, after my mom passing. I have no words for my lil buddy who was twice as big as me. So polite and giving and raised so well. Call me for anything. I can watch Lisa’s babies or the lil one on the way. I am so very sad, Brian meant no harm to anyone, he is , was and will always be a great cousin, now he is with his Dad. I’m in shock and have been since Diane told me. I love all of you, what can I do? Please, what can I do. Jeannie. I love all of whats left of us. It’s like my heart hurts so sad and mad. You guys hvae my phone numbers I’m not face booking this tragedy. Emily, be strong that’s all you can do and take care of yourself. Love always, me

  • Lenny

    Went to High School with Briand and was a hockey teammate of mine . May never find a funnier guy in the locker room . You will be missed by many. RIP buddy !!

  • brian epps

    Brian st louis was a good mentor. I didn’t play hockey with him but for many years growing up we played gorc county base ball. He was a good guy to talk to and my condolences go out to his wife and family. We just lost a great man

  • V Dizzle

    I’m sorry for your loss. He sounds like a great guy.

  • Will D

    Played hockey with Brian and his dad coached me, best bunch of guys I knew, so sad to hear this. Another one taken too soon.


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