from Mary Mogan Edwards of the Columbus Dispatch,
In any one of the 60 minutes of a regulation hockey game, a variety of bad things can happen on the ice. So, as the NHL season approaches, Blue Jackets players aren’t the only ones in Columbus training.
On Monday, the team’s medical and athletic-training staff joined more than 30 Columbus Division of Fire paramedics and six emergency physicians from OhioHealth on the rink at Nationwide Arena to prepare for the worst.
“This is a very dangerous sport,” said Mike Vogt, lead athletic trainer for the team. “Guys are flying around at 20 miles per hour with sharp blades on their feet, carrying sharp sticks and hitting a hard puck around. There are a lot of brutal possibilities.”
There are common hockey injuries, such as knocked-out teeth and broken, bloody noses, which are handled by trainers. And then there are non-traditional hockey emergencies, such as the March 2014 heart attack suffered by Dallas Stars player Rich Peverley while he was sitting on the bench during a game. The Blue Jackets were the visiting team that night, and Vogt had an upclose view of the response.
But in-game emergencies are rare: Paramedics are called to help in Columbus about once a season.
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