Two hockey players tied to a meningitis outbreak in northern Colorado have died and a third is hospitalized in Montana.

Larimer County health officials say 27-year-old Nick Smith died early Tuesday. He played in the same pick-up hockey game June 9 in Fort Collins as 29-year-old Brian Wormus, who died last week after contracting the disease.

A third hockey player who contracted meningitis — William Jubert of Bellvue, Colo. — is hospitalized in critical condition in Great Falls, Mont., where he was vacationing.

A Colorado State University student who fell ill Memorial Day weekend is hospitalized in critical condition in a Denver-area hospital.

Larimer County health officials say the bacteria that sickened all four men appears to have the same "parent" as a strain that killed a Metropolitan State College student April 8.