OHA to review referee safety
|In a fight with Craig Thomson, New Hamburg's Reid Oliver lost his footing and accidentally cut the throat of linesman Kevin Brown, who was taken to Woodstock General Hospital. (QMI Agency/Cory Smith)
LONDON -- Junior hockey's governing body will review on-ice safety measures for its officials after a linesman was severely injured during a game in Woodstock.
The Ontario Hockey Association, which meets this month, will consider mandating neck guards for officials at that meeting, said the organization's president Brent Ladds.
"Safety is paramount. If you look at one thing to make the game safer for our officials, then that's what we have to do," Ladds said.
"I can tell you that kind of injury is pretty rare. In 35 years with this association, I have never seen something like this happen."
Kevin Brown was injured Tuesday while trying to break up a fight during a junior C game between the Woodstock Renegades and the New Hamburg Firebirds.
A player's skate slashed Brown's neck.
The 25-year-old from the Sebringville, Ont., area was listed in critical condition yesterday in a London hospital.
Junior players have had to wear neck guards since a Florida Panthers player had his neck slashed open with a skate during a 2008 game. Officials, however, don't have the same requirement.