Boy dies of complications from the flu after visiting WNY

Boy dies of complications from the flu after visiting WNY

Ronald Pratt
January 18, 2018

News10NBC is told Nico Mallozzi, of New Canaan, Conn., was in Buffalo to play in the Cup North American Championship when he got sick.

He played for the Connecticut Rough Riders of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League.

The boy started feeling sick on Thursday, according to the Advertiser, and left the tournament early because of his illness, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Reed told the New Canaan News that Mallozzi's family chose to return home Sunday but only made it as far as the Catskills region of NY before the boy took a turn for the worse. He went to the hospital and tested positive for the flu.

"One of Nico's coaches described him best: Nico's sly little smile and charm have captivated, entertained and kept us on our toes", Kristen Morin, the creator of the page wrote as a tribute to the boy.

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The memorial fund for the boy has raised more than $130,000 in just two days.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Nico's parents and his family, and we stand ready to support each of them in every way possible in the time ahead.

Members of the community also expressed their condolences to the Mallozzi family via Twitter. He was a "wonderful, enthusiastic, outgoing boy who was known school-wide for his high spirits, limitless energy, and quick smile", Luizzi said.

New Canaan Public Schools superintendent Bryan Luizzi issued a statement on Monday. He added Nico, who each day right before dismissal, would be the voice for the school's afternoon announcements. "I knew Nico from around the rink", SoNo managing partner Ryan Hughes told New Canaan News. "We're really going to miss him and remember him very fondly". "At this point, it has been confirmed that Nico had been diagnosed with Influenza B, a strain of the Flu that is now spreading in the Northeast".