A 21 year old hockey player died during a game
Don Sanderson, the youngest of the Whitby Dunlops group, was hit in the head by the ice sheet after his helmet dropped during a fight. The president of the team: “The battle was no different from the hundreds of fights we have seen in hockey games in recent years”
The call for law enforcement to wear a helmet during ice hockey games is increasing, after a 21-year-old Kennedy died of a head injury while playing in the Canadian League.
Rocky Don Sanderson, a defensive player in the Whitby Dunlops group, died at the Ontario General Hospital in the early hours of the morning, three weeks after suffering the head injury in the game against Bernford. During a fight with a player from the opposing team, Sanderson fell to the helmet.
Toward the end of the fight, the two players fell on the ice and Sanderson’s bare head hit the frozen surface. He lost consciousness and stayed on the floor until his death, in the early morning. Dunlops president Steve Cardwell said the fight was not particularly cruel. “It did not look very bad during the game, the battle was no different from the hundreds of fights we’ve seen in hockey games in recent years. In retrospect, we see that we were wrong. ”
It is worth noting that fist fights without helmets or gloves are commonplace in the professional hockey games and are an inseparable part of the sport. “Although there are rules and regulations on wearing a helmet, each player has his own way of wearing it,” admits Cardoval.
Despite the tragedy, the laws are unlikely to be toughened. The Dunlops captain, Peter MacKeller, says there is no need to make things worse with the players. “I went into a fist fight myself in the game after Sanderson’s case and I thought, ‘God, it can happen to me too.'” On the other hand, I saw so many helmets flying and people banging their heads in the ice in the past and there were no real complications. ”