Portuguese hockey has paid tribute to the “enormous talent” of national captain Luis Tavares after he died in a recent traffic accident. He was 27.
Tavares played for Casa Pia Atlético Clube, while the sad news was relayed by the Portuguese Hockey Federation. He died following a car accident near Lisbon.
“Luís Tavares was a good guy … supportive and with enormous talent,” the federation wrote in a tribute.
“He was a champion in hockey and above all in life! An example for everyone of how one should be in hockey and in life.
“Tavares was the captain of the national team, because he was someone whose qualities and characteristics led us to the best values.”
“But more than just captain, or one of the best Portuguese hockey players ever, Luís has always been a good friend.”
The European Hcokey Federation said: “We are in shock and on behalf of the whole European hockey family we pass on our sincere condolences to Luís’ family and friends and of course his Portuguese hockey family.”