Ice Hockey - Former NHL draft pick Winkler dead at 23

Norwegian ice hockey player Scott Winkler has been found dead in his home in the Oslo suburb of Asker.

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"The NIHF has received the news that the promising 23-year-old Scott Winkler has been found dead in his home today. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends," the Norwegian Ice Hockey Association announced via its Twitter account.

Winkler, a third-round draft pick of the Dallas Stars in 2008, had been playing for the Colorado College Tigers as he combined ice hockey with his recently-concluded studies.

"The Dallas Stars are heartbroken to hear about Scott's passing," Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "Scott was a wonderful young man with great character and a bright future."

Asked about the cause of Winkler's death, a police spokesman told Reuters by telephone: "It is too early to say yet, but there is nothing to suggest any crime."

The police will release a statement early on Friday.

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