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Jeff O'Neill is Toronto for NHL meetings

VAUGHAN, Ont. -- The brother of Carolina Hurricanes forward
Jeff O'Neill was killed Thursday morning in a car crash north of
Toronto, police said.

"The fellow who was killed is Donny O'Neill -- and his brother
is Jeff O'Neill of the Carolina Hurricanes," said Sgt. Cam Wooley
of the Ontario Provincial Police.

O'Neill was 33 and a resident of King City, north of Toronto.

The accident occurred at about 4:30 a.m. on a ramp linking two
major highways.

"Unfortunately, the driver was not wearing a seat belt and the
vehicle rolled on to him [and] crushed him," Wooley said.

O'Neill was pronounced dead on the scene by the coroner.

Jeff O'Neill, a 29-year-old Ontario native, is in Toronto to
attend the NHL players' association meetings. He has played every
game of his NHL career with the franchise, which picked him in the
first round of the 1994 draft while still the Hartford Whalers.

"The Hurricanes and the O'Neill family have been linked closely
for more than a decade, and through the years many of us had gotten
to know Donny," the team said in a statement posted on its Web
site. "We are well aware of what type of person he was and how
much he meant to Jeff and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are
with the O'Neills as we all mourn this tragedy."