Report: Greg Riebe suddenly died during Excelsior Bay pond hockey tournament


The North American Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Minnetonka's Excelsior Bay took a tragic turn Friday when Greg Riebe suddenly collapsed.

According to a report in the Sun Sailor, Riebe, a player for the Excelsior Brewing Company's team, collapsed following two games played early Friday afternoon. He couldn't be revived, and it was later determined he died of a heart attack.

Riebe, president of PSR Consulting, described himself on Twitter as a marathon runner who enjoyed hockey, soccer, reading, and "spending time with my wife and kids."

In the Sun Sailor report, one of his pond hockey teammates, Chris Kelly, says, "We were all shocked and shaken."

"It is truly a sad situation," Kelly continues. "Greg leaves behind 1- and 4-year-olds, as well as a loving wife."

The Sun Sailor report says that by all accounts, Riebe's collapse wasn't related to a hit he took during any of the games or a preexisting medical condition.

Hennepin County authorities didn't immediately return messages seeking additional comment.

:::: UPDATE ::::

The Sun Sailor's John Sherman took photos of Friday's pond hockey games, including the following shots of Riebe.

Sherman says Riebe was one of the best players on the ice, and there was no indication anything was wrong with him. He adds that some of his photos of Riebe were taken just 15 minutes or so before he collapsed.

(Photos from from John Sherman of the Sun Sailor newspaper)

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