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Old 12-31-2009, 11:49 AM
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Linesman clings to life

Slashed in neck by skate while breaking up fight in Jr. C game
By QMI AGENCY AND THE CANADIAN PRESS
Last Updated: 31st December 2009, 4:28am



WOODSTOCK -- A renewed call to ban hockey fights went out yesterday after a linesman was left clinging to life in a London hospital, his throat slashed as he broke up a fight.
Kevin Brown, 25, was in critical condition after a player's skate blade sliced his neck during a Junior C hockey game between the Woodstock Renegades and New Hamburg Firebirds.
"I think incidents like this allow us to reflect on why we allow fighting to remain in the game," Graham Pollett, the London region's chief medical health officer, and an outspoken critic of fighting in hockey, said last night.
"It demonstrates that officials are also vulnerable to serious injury when fighting occurs."
Horrified fans gasped, amid screams for an ambulance, as trainers from both teams attended the bleeding linesman during the third period of Tuesday's game at Woodstock's Southwood Arena.
Although Woodstock police were called in the aftermath of the dramatics, a spokesperson last night said no charges will be laid.
Witnesses say the linesman's neck was gushing blood as he skated off the ice, and he collapsed before reaching the bench.
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"I saw the skate go up and (Brown) grabbed his neck right away," fellow linesman Bruce Byers said. "You knew he was leaking. I told the guys on the ice, 'It's done.' "
The Renegades' Craig Thomson had just scored to tie the game 4-4 and during the celebration, got into a fight with New Hamburg's Reid Oliver behind the Firebirds net. The two traded punches along the boards as Brown and Byers watched.
Thomson threw Oliver to the ice, propelling Oliver's right leg through the air like a cartwheel and slicing Brown's throat beneath the chin strap on the right side of his face.
Brown, at first oblivious to the injury, tried to break up the fight as blood spurted from a severed artery.
When he realized the severity of what had happened, the Sebringville-area linesman immediately placed his left hand on the gaping wound and skated toward the Firebirds bench.
"You can't even describe it," Byers said of the injury.
Renegades owner Bill McLeod said yesterday he had been told Brown is "not doing so well now."
First taken to Woodstock General Hospital, Brown was transferred to the London Health Sciences Centre where he remained in critical condition last night.
The game was suspended with 11:22 remaining.
Team trainers said Brown drifted in and out of consciousness, as he was loaded into an ambulance.
Players from both teams were shaken.
"Me and Philly (Dan Phillips) were at the bench and we thought he was bringing equipment to the bench," Renegades captain Cole Maher said. "We realized he was skating too fast to do that.
"I went to our bench and grabbed a towel and brought it down there."
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Old 12-31-2009, 11:53 AM
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Wish this guy all the best. This does not sound good. That said why is he standing so close to these guys as they're fighting? If two guys want to go get the hell out of there and let them go.
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Old 12-31-2009, 01:53 PM
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It sounded like a freak accident while he was trying to break up the fight my prayers are with him and his family for a complete recovery
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I wish the guy all the best in recovering. BUT... this had nothing to do with fighting. It was to do with skate blades. Ban skate blades if they're going to stick to their reasoning.

People are more likely to get slashed by a blade in pileups in front of the net than during fights.

I swear, next time if a linesman pulls a groin muscle while skating the player to the box after a fight, they'll say ban fighting. If a fan jumps out of his seat to fast to cheer during a fight and tweaks his back, they'll say ban fighting.

Personally I don't care, you CAN'T ban fighting - let them do it and see where THAT gets 'em. They think FIGHTING is a problem? Wait till they see all the problems that arise if they ban it.
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Neck guards for linesman should be mandatory as well as the players ..afterall they are right in the middle of the scraps..and flailing arms and legs.
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Lets make the linesmen wear mouth guards as well and give them game misconducts when their helmets get knocked off in a fight.
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I would think that the linesman would risk getting there throats slashed even more then the players just because of their job requirments..Dont you think? breaking up fights that sometimes end up down on the ice.
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Neck guards for linesman should be mandatory as well as the players ..afterall they are right in the middle of the scraps..and flailing arms and legs.
AAAAH! I NEVER EVEN THOUGHT OF THAT!!! Yes ! They make it mandatory for players, not officials, then an official gets his neck cut breaking up a fight so they talk about banning fighting again?? Anyone else see how SCREWED UP that thought process is?
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watch out.. david branch might ban skates..
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Mandatory neck guards for OHA refs
Neck guards will become mandatory for all Ontario junior hockey officials starting next month, the Ontario Hockey Association ruled Wednesday night.

The move is a response to the serious injury of Stratford-area linesman Kevin Brown, whose throat was slashed by a skate blade during a Dec. 29 game in Woodstock as he broke up a fight.

"One of our mandates as the caretaker of junior hockey in Ontario is to ensure that our players, and our officials, are as safe as possible," said Dick Woods, a spokesperson for the association, which governs junior hockey in the province.

Neck guards have been mandatory for players since the start of the 2008-2009 season.

Officials are encouraged to wear neck guards until Feb. 1. After that, they'll be mandatory Brown, 25, had been breaking up a fight between two players from Junior C teams from New Hamburg and Woodstock when one player's skate slashed through his carotid artery. Team trainers and an off-duty nurse helped Brown until paramedics arrived.

The OHA is an umbrella organization for junior-level hockey in Ontario below the Junior A level.

OHA President Brent Ladds said he's been in touch with Brown's family, which is dealing with the injury privately with Brown's medical team.

He said Brown is "a really good young fellow" and everyone in the hockey world and beyond "just continue to say our prayers." The Stratford Referees Association, which handles area minor and junior games, now asks all on-ice officials to wear neck guards.

BNQ-certified neck protectors, which minor hockey players in Ontario must wear, are made of ballistic nylon or similar material.

"The injury hits home with officials in every sport," said Stratford Referees Association president Aaron Chadwick.
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