Another terrifying incident has occurred on the ice, this time at the University level.
21 year old goaltender Kury Jory, of Brandon, Manitoba, is in good condition at a Windsor Ontario hospital after he suffered a severed vein in his neck when he was clipped by a skate. Word is he will go for surgery and make a full recovery.
Jory playes in the Canadian Interuniversity League where neck guards are not mandatory.
This brings back frightening images of the incident involving Richard Zedník. As you probably remember, Zednik had his external carotid artery accidentally cut by teammate Olli Jokinen's skate blade back on February 10, 2008. It was a very graphic sight and the quick work by the medical staff at HSBC Arena very well saved his life.
A new incident brings up an old debate. Should neck guard's be mandatory in the NHL or any league for that matter? Will it take the tragic loss of an athlete before it is enforced?
Although situations like this are rare, they still happen. In Buffalo on March 22, 1989, Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk had his internal carotid artery accidentally severed by an opponent's skate blade and nearly died. The sight of Malarchuk's incident was so graphic it was reported that nine fans fainting and two suffered heart attacks while three teammates vomited on the ice
The NHL is always stressing the safety of it's athletes yet has made no major improvements, enforcing mandatory neck guards could be a good start.