NHL’s laceration task force to have meeting during All-Star Weekend

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After the scary and bloody incident involving Ilya Mikheyev on Friday, the NHL’s laceration task force is set to have a meeting during the upcoming All-Star Weekend.

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported during the Headlines portion of Hockey Night in Canada that the task force is responsible for monitoring situations like Mikheyev’s and work on making the game safer.

“They monitor any of these incidents that happened,” said Johnston. “And they will be meeting at the All-Star Game in St. Louis, I think to discuss in part, is there maybe some more mandatory changes that might be coming down the pike at some point, because obviously everyone recognizes that these are very serious and potentially catastrophic situations.”

The incident with Mikheyev was the second of its sort in less than 10 days. New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck was cut in the hand by Boston Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron’s skate on Dec. 19 and will be out indefinitely after undergoing successful surgery.

Mikheyev suffered a “significant laceration” on his wrist after being cut by Jack Hughes’s skate in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ overtime win over the New Jersey Devils. The cut severed one of his arteries and multiple tendons.

The 25-year-old was immediately taken to a hospital in New Jersey, and the team announced Saturday that had been Mikheyev placed on injured reserve and would miss at least three months.

Earlier in December, an OHL game was postponed after Niagara IceDogs goalie Tucker Tynan was severely cut in the leg by a skate.

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