NHL Should Take Closer Look at Rink Hazards in Wake of Max Pacioretty Injury


Even though the NHL decided not to take action against Zdeno Chara for his hit on Max Pacioretty, there is still work to be done in the wake of the incident.

The severity of Pacioretty’s injury has generated conversation about the safety of current NHL rinks, and what can be done to improve the dangerous areas of the ice. Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards took a closer look at some of these dangerous areas at the Nassau Coliseum, where the Bruins will take on the Islanders on Friday night.

In addition to the stanchion, the photographer ports in each corner of the rink are also dangerous areas for fans and players alike.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr recently addressed the safety issues of current NHL rinks and emphasized the importance of player safety.

“Player safety has always been, and continues to be, a great concern to the Players’ Association,” Fehr said. “In that regard, issues involving the boards and glass in NHL arenas have been a longstanding focus for the players. The serious nature of the injury suffered by Max Pacioretty in Montreal this week reinforces the importance of maximizing the safety in this area and highlights the need to look further into the matter. We will be inspecting the rink in Montreal, and elsewhere, to make sure the appropriate padding is in place.”

To hear more from Edwards about rink safety, check out the video above.

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