Island Junior Hockey League (IJHL)
Prince Edward Island’s hockey community is in mourning after a linesman died after officiating an Island Junior Hockey League (IJHL) playoff game Wednesday in Montague.
The man’s name has not been released pending notification of family members.
“The hockey community is pretty tightknit here in Prince Edward Island,” said Rob Newson, Hockey P.E.I. executive director. “When something like this happens it impacts the whole community.”
The man was working game two of the best-of-seven IJHL final between the Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers and the Montague Total Assets Fitness Maniacs when he left the game in the second period because he didn’t feel well. He was attended to in the officials’ dressing room.
Newson said the tragedy has saddened the province’s hockey community, particularly the game officials.
“They’re a united group,” Newson said. “This has really impacted that group of guys. It’s like a brotherhood when you officiate and they’re taking it pretty tough right now.”
The man had played in the league in the past.
“It hits close to home. The support people have shown through social media has been overwhelming.”
Commissioner Jim Chandler said the series is on hold out of respect. An announcement on what happens will be made at a later date.