A high school hockey player died over the weekend at a suspected off-campus Penn State frat house — prompting the university to temporarily suspend the fraternity, according to authorities and new reports.
State College Police found John “Jack” Schoenig, 17, of Erie, in full cardiac arrest inside the West College Avenue house around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, authorities said in a statement.
He could not be revived, and was pronounced dead on the scene. There were no signs of trauma.
Schoenig — who attended Cathedral Preparatory High School — is listed on the hockey team roster as a senior and forward who wore number 11. He was visiting Penn State, the school said in a statement.
The home, which the university says was “allegedly” occupied by members of the Alpha Delta chapter of the Chi Phi fraternity, is not the fraternity’s official house, the university said.
The frat has been temporarily suspended — meaning it loses all privileges as a recognized student organization — pending the outcome of the investigation, the school said.
The decision to suspend the organization was “informed by the seriousness of a young man’s tragic death,” Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims told The Centre Daily Times.
The Interfraternity Council, of which the frat was a member, told the paper that it “does not take information like this lightly and will act accordingly as we receive more information.”
Schoenig’s cause of death was not immediately clear. The Centre County coroner’s office conducted an autopsy Monday, but those results will not be available for about six weeks, Deputy Coroner Debra Smeal told the outlet.
The university does not yet know if hazing, drugs or alcohol played a role, Sims said.
“Several witnesses” were present when Schoenig became unconscious, police said. But the university does not yet know how many fraternity members were there, or how they may have been involved, according to Sims.
Cathedral Prep Varsity hockey coach Alex Luddy told Erie News Now that Schoenig was an “energetic and passionate hockey player.”
“He was the type of kid who would walk into a room and can lighten up the whole room,” teammate Jacob Kruszwski told the outlet. “As a teammate, he could walk in the locker room and everyone just brightens up, smile on their faces, joking around. On the ice, he always gave it his all.”