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Young 17-Year-Old Top Prospect Gets Absolutely Crushed And Knocked Out In Men's League

Published December 1, 2023 at 0:47
BY SAMER

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It's crucial to take a moment and reflect on the decision to bring young talents into the intense world of adult hockey. While some may thrive, there's a flip side, as demonstrated by 17-year-old defenseman Adam Jiricek in the Czechia Extraliga.

In a recent game, he faced a tough hit from 27-year-old Jan Scotka, and it's hard to watch. The age and size difference between them (10 years and 50 pounds) highlight the potential risks, especially considering that Jiricek might still be growing into his body.

Here was the hit on 17-year-old, 152-pound defenceman Adam Jiricek in the Czechia Extraliga by 27-year-old, 201-pound Jan Scotka yesterday. Exhibit A for why you shouldn't rush kids into men's leagues. This wasn't easy to watch.




This incident is a reminder that rushing someone into the pro leagues before they're physically ready could lead to some serious injuries and maybe even disasters on the ice.


An update on this: Sounds like Adam Jiricek's injury is minor. Could have been much worse. Trending to be back in the next week (in time to potentially play for Czechia as an underager at the World Juniors still).

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