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Hundreds gather to remember hockey player who died after hitting head in fight

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PORT PERRY, Ont. - Young people in hockey jerseys are among the hundreds of mourners remembering an Ontario hockey player who died after hitting his head on the ice during a fight.

Don Sanderson died Friday after he went into a coma following a tussle during an Ontario Hockey Association game at the Brantford Civic Centre on Dec. 12.

The 21-year-old defenceman's helmet fell off and he struck the back of his head when both players tumbled to the ice.

Some 500 people have gathered today at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sanderson's hometown of Port Perry, Ont., northeast of Toronto.

Sanderson was a rookie defenceman with the Whitby Dunlops, a senior AAA team - the highest level of senior amateur hockey in Canada.

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