Hockey league to improve safety in light of 2013 death of 16-year-old player


HALIFAX — The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has announced safety changes that include life-saving training for more team staff and more thorough health screening of players in light of the sudden on-ice death of a 16-year-old player.

Jordan Boyd of Bedford, N.S., was taking part in a drill during August 2013 tryouts with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in New Brunswick when he collapsed and couldn’t be revived.

An autopsy later revealed that Boyd had an undiagnosed heart condition known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.

League president Gilles Courteau says all teams are now required to have at least three staff trained in life-saving techniques including the use of defibrillators, which must be present at all team events including games and practices.

Courteau says prior to training camp players will also be required to fill out more in-depth health questionnaires and will be subject to more extensive physical examinations.

Jordan’s father, Stephen Boyd, says he’s pleased with the league’s commitment to improve its safety protocol to potentially prevent incidents similar to the one involving his son.

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Gilles Courteau’s surname.