Hockey star dies from injuries

JONATHAN JENKINS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:53 PM ET

The bedside vigil Michael Serba's family maintained after the former collegiate hockey star was hit in the head with a brick has ended.

The head injury left the 25-year-old on life support at St. Michael's hospital, where he died yesterday.

Nicholas Crowdis, 22, is in custody facing a charge of attempted murder. That count will likely be upgraded at his next court appearance, which is Monday, police said.

Serba, a standout checking forward with the Norwich University Cadets in Vermont, was with the team when they won the NCAA Division III championship in 2003 and later captained the squad. He finished his hockey career last year but was still at Norwich University, working towards an MBA.

He was home in Toronto over the American Thanksgiving weekend when the fatal confrontation happened.

He was with friends at a bar near Jane St. and Bloor St. when he went by himself to the bank machine.

He returned and told his friends he'd been sucker-punched by a stranger. The entire group then left to look for the assailant.

Serba became separated from his friends and was hit in the head in an alleyway.


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