October 30, 2023
The Saanich Predators of the Vancouver Island Jr. A Hockey League announced the immediate requirement for all players to wear neck guards during every VIJHL game. To ensure compliance, and ultimately the safety of their players, team ownership will purchase neck guards for all team members.
“In light of the tragic loss of Adam Johnson, 29 this weekend as a result of a freak on ice accident while playing for the Nottingham Panthers as a part of the UK Elite League’s Challenge Cup, we feel this is the respectful and responsible thing to do, not only for our players but for all hockey families who are saddened by this terrible loss,” says Norm Kelly, co-owner of the Predators.
“The Predator family joins the entire hockey world in mourning the sudden passing of Adam. We offer our deepest condolences to the Johnson family, his friends and teammates during this terribly difficult time,” continues Kelly.
The Predator coaching staff and ownership will be working with local sporting good providers this week to ensure every player is wearing a neck guard Friday, when the team plays the Victoria Cougars at Pearkes Arena.