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Acadie-Bathurst’s Jordan Boyd passes away at 16 years of age

Update: Yes, wrong blog, I know.

Awful news from Yahoo Sports' Sunaya Sapurji:

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan have confirmed the news:

Here's their report:

It is with deep regret that the Acadie-Bathurst Titan announces the death of one of its young prospects, Jordan Boyd. The 16 year-old was skating during an individual training session when he suffered a discomfort and collapsed on the ice. The Acadie-Bathurst Titan medical team tried to revive him several times. The young player was transported to hospital where his death was confirmed by a doctor.

The Ligue was informed of the incident and is working in collaboration with the team to bring the necessary support to the parents and players in this difficult time. Jordan Boyd had had a complete medical evaluation prior to the camp and didn't seem to have any medical problems that prevented him from participating. We are waiting for the hospital's autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. We offer our deepest condolences to his loved ones.

In order to protect his family's privacy, the organization will not emit any further comments on this case for the moment.


TSN's Bob McKenzie sums things up:

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Primis's avatar

It’s really, really time someone took a big picture view of these tragedies.

10-15 years ago these things didn’t really happen.  They seem to happen more and more now.  Something has changed, somewhere.  Either they’re pushing these kids too hard (not just possible, but probable) or there’s something with training/diet that has made them more succeptible to this sort of thing.

At any rate someone, at some point, needs to try to actually put a stop to it.  It’s ridiculous to me when high school age kids drop dead during practice and training…

Posted by Primis on 08/12/13 at 11:57 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Horrible for this to happen to such a young person.  My son has been a Goalie for 11 years (minor hockey) and has been hit many times in the mask by some pretty big boys.  They seem to think it is fun to shoot at a Goalies head in practise.  Worries the crap out of me.

There should be a defibrillator at all Athletic events, IMO.  People have to wake up about possible injuries in day and age.  Seems all kids are bigger stronger and some sports want the biggest, strongest athletes.  Does skill matter any more??

Sad sad news!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/12/13 at 12:07 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Terrible tragedy, condolensces to the family.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 08/12/13 at 01:01 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

There should be a defibrillator at all Athletic events, IMO.

Bingo, not that it’s clear whether or not one was present here. But it’s pretty much the only thing that can increase survival odds in any measurable way once cardiac arrest has occurred.

The only other thing is mandatory Echo’s. An ECG only tells you so much, unfortunately, and the combination of (rare) congenitally enlarged heart + (common) athlete heart leads to congestive heart failure all too often.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 08/12/13 at 02:42 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 08/12/13 at 03:42 PM ET

+1.

Condolences to the family.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 08/12/13 at 04:05 PM ET

sam_hell's avatar

It’s always tough to lose a child, but to blame this on practices or diets is a little premature - sometimes things happen without reason. condolences to the family (not that they’ll read it here)...

Posted by sam_hell on 08/12/13 at 08:09 PM ET

Crater's avatar

Posted by sam_hell on 08/12/13 at 09:09 PM ET

I agree. Can’t just blame training or external sources. Is it the teams fault Jiri Fischer almost died? Sometimes these things aren’t anything you can see ahead of time. Terrible to hear, hopefully his family can rally around each other and weather this storm.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 08/12/13 at 08:48 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Everybody has heart wall tests these days. Fischer’s incident’s really revolutionized that—there are defibrillators in many more rinks and public places now, players go through a battery of heart-related tests to ensure that they don’t have underlying health issues that might put them at risk.

Frankly, there’s so much legal liability involved that it’s much less costly for teams to engage in those kinds of tests instead of fearing the not-so-impossible.

We won’t know what happens until the autopsy’s done.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/12/13 at 08:56 PM ET

Primis's avatar

It’s always tough to lose a child, but to blame this on practices or diets is a little premature - sometimes things happen without reason. condolences to the family (not that they’ll read it here)...

Posted by sam_hell on 08/12/13 at 09:09 PM ET

All I’m saying is that these things were once incredibly-rare, and now not so much.  That tells me there’s something different they’re doing now that they didn’t used to do.

I’d really like to see the hard numbers.  While I realize that the number of participants in high-level athletics has increased somewhat, it seems the instances have increased well beyond that curve.  And considering how completely brutal practices and tryouts used to be in some sports years and years ago (to the point of cruelty) when they weren’t really regulated, and these things weren’t happening, it has to make you stop and wonder.

Posted by Primis on 08/12/13 at 10:29 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

I think these things are just better reported.  We didn’t have George, Paul and the level of exceptional coverage we now have in years past.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 08/13/13 at 08:01 AM ET

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