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SUNY hockey player dies in ski accident at Whiteface

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Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 8:57 AM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.Y. (WCAX) - A SUNY Fredonia hockey player died on Tuesday after a ski accident at Whiteface Mountain.

New York State Police say Tanner Kahlau, 22, lost control and hit a tree while skiing down the Upper Approach Trail around 12:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

An autopsy was done on Wednesday at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh. It found the Pennsylvania man’s cause of death to be a cervical skull fracture because of the accident.

Jeff Meredith, the Fredonia State head coach says they are saddened by his loss. “The impact he left on our program, coaches, and teammates will forever be remembered,” he said.

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