Sea Dogs have CPR, defibrillator protocol if player collapses

The Saint John Sea Dogs have a protocol in place if a player collapses on the ice, says the team's certified athletic therapist.

Saint John hockey team's athletic therapist carries portable AED 'at all times'

The Saint John Sea Dogs have a protocol in place if a player collapses on the ice, says the team's certified athletic therapist.

The hockey player's gear must be removed before performing CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) is to be used, if needed, said J.P. Laciak.

He was responding to a recent CBC investigation into the death of Jordan Boyd, 16, of Nova Scotia, during a training camp in northern New Brunswick last August.

Jordan, who collapsed about 10 minutes into the tryout for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, may not have had every opportunity to survive the fatal cardiac arrest, the investigation found.

The team's athletic therapist performed CPR, but no one used an AED before paramedics arrived, despite a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) requirement that one be in every rink.

The investigation also showed Jordan's gear was not removed when CPR was first started by Titans staff and paramedics deemed the initial CPR ineffective.

Saint John's Harbour Station has two AEDs — one at ice level and one on the main concourse, said Laciak.

"I also carry my own portable one that's on the bench at all times, all games, practices. I bring it with us on the bus, on long bus rides, and I also bring it into the hotel room with me," he said.

Jordan’s parents, Steve and Debbie Boyd of Bedford, N.S., have been calling for better emergency response training for sports leagues and teams across Canada.

Jordan had an undiagnosed heart condition.

He had passed a full medical exam leading up to the camp, but the QMJHL does not require cardiac exams as part of its medical exam. The autopsy revealed Boyd had an underlying heart condition known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.