Neck Gaurd Saves P.E.I. Girls Life, News (Port Stanley Minor Hockey)

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Neck Gaurd Saves P.E.I. Girls Life
Submitted By Matt Moyes on Monday, January 23, 2017
A young hockey player from P.E.I. is thankful to her coaches, who always insisted that she wear a neck guard and wear it properly.

Growing up playing for the Pownal Red Devils, Cassidy Gordon, now 16, always had extra neck guards in her hockey bag, as did her coaches, "because it was a really big deal to make sure that we had our necks protected," she said.

That emphasis on safety may have saved Gordon's life after an incident in a hockey game on Nov. 4 that landed her in hospital. A doctor told her the injury could have been fatal.

Sudden accident

Gordon was playing defence for the Guelph Gryphons, a team she had just joined in September after her family moved from P.E.I. to Ontario. 

As she was skating out of her end, a girl fell in front of Gordon. That's the last thing she remembers, as the player's skate hit Gordon directly in the neck guard.

"After that my memory is just me being on the ice for a long time and then being in the ambulance," recalled Gordon.

She arrived at the hospital, still in full gear, including her skates. 

"There was no blood at all, the skate hit the neck guard, right where my neck was and so it didn't cut me at all."

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