After the NHL season, the league was in a position no league ever wants to be in — wondering what it should do to prevent another fan from dying at one of its games. The puck flew into the stands and struck Cecil in the head. Two days later, Cecil died from complications stemming from her injury. At the owners' meetings after that season, the league instituted a policy — protective netting in front of the crowd behind each goal. The nets begin at the curve of the boards and extend about 18 feet high above the boards and are meant to prevent the deflected slap shots from entering the stands.
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HOCKEY HORROR – B’DAY GIRL KILLED BY PUCK AT NHL GAME
The suit contends doctors failed to see the extent of Brittanie Cecil's brain damage in time to save her. It names Children's Hospital, Drs. Scott W. The suit did not specify a maximum amount in damages.
Ex-pro hockey player, woman found dead in California condo, believed to be double-homicide
Prosecutors say the DNA, tested against crime scene evidence collected decades ago, leaves no doubt that Westrom killed Childs. Westrom, 52, was arrested Monday at his Waite Park office. The charges against Westrom, who was 27 at the time of the killing, detail an especially violent attack in the apartment in the block of Pillsbury Avenue, which police said Childs used for prostitution. Police were called to the building after a tenant saw water coming from an apartment.
An eight-year-old French boy died on Sunday after he was hit in the head by an ice hockey puck that flew into the stands at a professional match in Dunkirk. The tragedy occurred three minutes before the end of the second tier French championship match between Dunkirk and Riems on Saturday evening. The boy, named only as Hugo, was hit on the ear and suffered cardiac arrest. Rescue workers on site were able to revive him, but he later died of his injuries in hospital.