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Player Escapes Death Thanks To Neck Guard After Another Horrifying Skate Blade Incident

Published November 16, 2023 at 11:19
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Young Player Saved by Neck Guard in Skate Blade Incident

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In an effort to emphasize the importance of wearing neck guards while playing hockey, the Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) Officiating Program shared a photo of a young player who was spared from a potentially catastrophic injury after a skate blade made contact with his neck.

"The picture you see here is from a U16AAA game that happened last night in @HEOhockey. The player was cut by a skate. Luckily he was wearing a neck guard or this could have been much worse. This can happen any night in any rink. Protective equipment matters for everyone."



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"Thanks to the family for allowing us to share this photo. We are thankful that the player will make a complete recovery. Please share so we can stress this important message for all hockey players and officials."


U16 Player's Life Potentially Saved by Neck Guard



The issue of neck guards in hockey has gained a lot of attention following the tragic death of Adam Johnson, who suffered a fatal injury from a skate blade during a game in England.

Johnson, a former NHL player, was not wearing a guard at the time. The EIHL (Elite Ice Hockey League), where Johnson had played, subsequently made neck guards mandatory for all players, and this initiative has been adopted by several other leagues.


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