Player safety changes announced by QMJHL welcomed by Acadie-Bathurst Titan
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan welcomes measures announced Wednesday by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League aimed at improving player safety following the sudden on-ice death of 16 year old prospect Jordan Boyd four years ago.
Boyd passed the League's standard medical exam prior to attending the Titan's training camp, however an autopsy later revealed he had an undetected heart condition.
The measures include having at least three staff members trained in life-saving techniques, including the use of a defibrillator.
The League also says two trained staff members must be present at all team events, games, practices and tryouts.
Screening leading up to training camps have also been improved with a more rigorous health questionnaire and physical examination.
Acadie-Bathurst Titan General Manager Sylvain Couturier says the Titan organization implemented similar safe-guards shortly after Boyd's death and that the League has done a good job ensuring all teams are prepared to deal with similar incidents.