QMJHL to improve safety in light of 2013 death of Acadie-Bathurst Titan prospect
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has announced changes aimed at improving playing safety four years after 16-year-old Acadie-Bathurst Titan prospect Jordan Boyd collapsed and died during the team's training camp.
Boyd had passed the league's standard medical exam prior to attending camp, but an autopsy later revealed he had an undetected heart condition.
Among the changes, each team is now required to have at least three staff trained in CPR as well the use of AEDs, and two must be at all team events, games, practices and tryouts.
Teams will now face an annual audit to ensure their compliance and the league will conduct training to ensure certifications are up to date.
The league says it has improved its pre-camp screening with a more rigorous health questionnaire and physical examination.
Commissioner Gilles Courteau apologized to Boyd's family for information released at the time that it says "turned out to be lacking accuracy."
Since his death, his parents, Debbie and Stephen Boyd, say they have been committed to raising awareness of the importance of emergency first aid preparedness, CPR, and AED training within the QMJHL and sports in general.
The Boyd's commended the QMJHL for learning from the tragic death of their son.
A financial contribution was also made by the league to the Jordan Boyd Foundation, whose goals are to educate and raise awareness of inherited heart disease in young people, and particularly athletes.