Quebec Major Junior hockey prospect, 16, dies after collapsing
Jordan Boyd, 16, of Bedford, N.S., was skating during training session in N.B.
A 16-year-old hockey player has died while training with a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in northeastern New Brunswick.
In a release, the Titan announced that Jordan Boyd was skating during an individual training session when he suffered discomfort and collapsed on the ice.
The hockey team's medical unit tried to revive him several times, according to a statement from the team.
Boyd, from Bedford, N.S., was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The team said Boyd had a complete medical evaluation prior to the training camp. He did not seem to have any medical problems that would have prevented him from participating.
Geoff Regan, the member of Parliament for Bedford, N.S., knows Jordan's family. His son played hockey with Boyd at the novice level.
"This is a terrific kid from a wonderful family. Jordan, when he was even a novice, you could see the fire he had, the tremendous desire and love of hockey that was inside this young fellow. Obviously, he was playing the game he loved but this is awfully hard for his family and my heart goes out to them. I’m sure the whole community's hearts go out to this family," he said.
Chris Bewshar, president of the Bedford and District Minor Hockey Association, said though he did not personally know Boyd, the loss of the talented young player is being deeply felt.
"[I've] just spoken to a couple of people that know him, he was just described as an all-around great player, a great kid, and a great kid to watch. It’s devastating whenever this happens. Most importantly, everybody’s thinking about the family and people that loved him and knew him so well … our thoughts and prayers are going out to them at this time," said Bewshar.
"Many young players will struggle to understand how this happens to such an athlete but we think of them and we’ll do our best as an association to help [the families of those] involved in playing hockey, to help them through that."
An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
Boyd was the third Nova Scotian selected in the Q-league draft in June. Last year, he played for Rothesay Netherwood prep school and was the 66th overall pick in this year's draft.
Boyd had 17 goals and 22 assists in 41 games for Rothesay this past season.
In his last Facebook post on Saturday, Boyd wrote: "Off to Acadie Bathurst tomorrow, Titan camp starts!"