It was a freak incident – but it surely was one incident too many. Ought to the CHL – and different hockey leagues – implement stricter guidelines on cut-resistant clothes for goalies?Tucker Tynan|Terry Wilson/CHL ImagesIf you noticed it, it’ll be etched into your mind for a very long time. In case you haven’t and resolve to hunt it, be warned: the footage of what occurred to Niagara IceDogs goaltender Tucker Tynan Thursday night time is deeply disturbing.
In the course of the second interval of the IceDogs’ house sport in opposition to the London Knights, a Knights skater collided with Tynan, a 17-year-old OHL rookie. He instantly clutched his leg, and a pool of blood quickly shaped round him. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher. The scene was so ugly that the OHL determined to postpone the sport, which the Knights led 2-1 on the time.
“In consideration of the participant, employees and spectators and given the intense nature of the damage to Niagara goaltender Tucker Tynan, the sport has been postponed and will likely be rescheduled at a later date,” the OHL mentioned in a press release launched Thursday night time. On Friday, it was introduced the IceDogs’ subsequent two regular-season video games had additionally been postponed.
Tynan had profitable emergency surgical procedure to restore his wound, and the IceDogs have since said he’s “secure and secure in hospital” and that “the street to restoration begins.”
That’s welcome information, although, as defined by IceDogs homeowners Invoice and Denise Burke this morning, the damage is extreme. The skate lower Tynan all the way down to the bone, hit an artery and brought about large blood loss. The restoration timeline will reportedly be a protracted one.
Due to the efforts of the Niagara Well being System, a tragedy was averted. That mentioned, it was nonetheless a horrific incident nobody needs to see occur once more. Was there any technique to stop what occurred to Tynan? On one hand, it’s simple to turn into reactionary after a very nightmarish damage regardless of the very fact they’re extraordinarily uncommon occurrences. On the opposite had, typically one incident is sufficient. When NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk had his throat slashed by a skate throughout a 1989 sport, the league shortly acted to make neck guards obligatory for goaltenders, although that rule is now not in place.
So will the Tynan damage encourage stricter guidelines for goalie gear? It’s unknown in the intervening time what Tynan was carrying on the time of his damage, however producers similar to CCM do make cut-resistant compression pants that go below the pads to guard the uncovered spots. The OHL rulebook does handle goalie gear – however extra from an etiquette standpoint, because the stipulations are extra to do with following code and maintaining uniforms so as.
If Tynan wasn’t carrying any cut-resistant security gear, it’s price debating whether or not it’s time to make it a compulsory piece of kit, the equal of a masks. If he did have the correct safety on, that opens up one other dialogue about whether or not the gear itself must be improved, the security requirements heightened, not simply on the league degree however on the manufacturing degree.
What’s clear both method is that one thing wants to alter to maintain goalies safer. That was the angle hockey adopted after the Malarchuk incident, and it will be smart to assume equally in mild of what occurred to Tynan.
(The Hockey Information reached out to the CHL and NHL for touch upon this story however has not acquired a response at the moment).
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