This happened over the weekend at a Russian Jr. Super League game.
19-year-old MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg defenseman, Timur Faizutdinov, took a puck to the head vs. Loko Yaroslavl and is currently fighting for his life at the hospital. He’s played 183 games for the Junior club and was named the captain at the start of the season. pic.twitter.com/oQ9vpZUUct
— Dylan Griffing (@GriffingDylan) March 12, 2021
The 19-year-old was named captain of the team prior to this season and was playing in his 183rd game at the time of the accident.
Fayzutinov was hit in the temple on a shoot-in attempt and collapsed immediately.
After being rushed to a local clinic, he was diagnosed with a fractured temporal bone, cerebral hemorrhage, and severely damaged carotid artery. Over the course of three days, doctors tried to save his life but he was pronounced dead late last night/early this morning.
It seemed like such an innocent play, too. I’ve seen a million shoot-ins and this one was no different.
I know players don’t like wearing overly protective buckets but maybe it’s time to start making helmets that do a better job protecting the ears and temporal lobes. Ask Brian Little if I’m right.
Thoughts and prayers for Timur Fayzutinov’s family, friends, and teammates. 19 is way too young.