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Parents of Player Who Nearly Died in Junior Hockey Calling for Arrest

Published October 4, 2023 at 10:15
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Shocking Incident Shakes Junior Hockey World

In a recent junior hockey game, Richie Compo, a young star of the Junior Braves in Edmonton, endured a horrifying injury that has shaken the entire hockey community.

During the match, an opponent's skate blade sliced into Compo's neck, leading to a critical wound.

I was on the ice. He stepped on my head."


"I checked my neck, and my hand; there was blood. So I ripped off my helmet."

"I looked him dead in the eyes and said, 'Don't let me die. Please don't let me die. I don't want to die.'"

"There was no pain; it was just 'I'm dead.' That's all I could think: 'I'm dead.'" - Richard Compo, CTV News'

Game officials subsequently determined that the kick to Compo's neck was a deliberate act. Miraculously, the blade missed his jugular vein, but Compo had to undergo extensive medical treatment, receiving numerous stitches.

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Community Outcry for Harsher Consequences



Despite the severity of his actions, the offending player, Nate Plaunt, was handed a mere three-game suspension. This light punishment sparked outrage, particularly from Compo's parents who believe that the repercussions were grossly inadequate.
"If this were to happen off the ice and he wasn't a hockey player, you'd be charged. Mistake, impulsive action, it doesn't matter. That impulsive decision could have taken my son's life."

"There are consequences for actions; they're not little boys. They're, you know, 18 to 21. They know right from wrong." - Peggy McMillan, CTV News

The case has now caught the attention of law enforcement, with a formal police investigation underway.

Further developments on this story will be provided as they unfold.

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