Some sad news to report from the minor leagues today.
According to a French-language report out of Sorel-Tracy, a former enforcer in the LNAH, forward Darcy Johnson, has lost his life far too young passing away at the age of 36. As of this writing the cause of death has yet to be officially determined, but it is believed that some form of cardiac arrest is what led to Johnson's death.
Johnson was best known for his talents as a pugilist on the ice, and he racked up far more penalty minutes in his LNAH career than he ever did points. The announcement of his death coincidentally comes on a day where it has been revealed that the NHL's motion to dismiss it's concussion lawsuit has been denied.
For those unfamiliar with the LNAH it is in many ways a glorified goon league that often leads to outrageous brawls and physical altercations, and it's hard not to immediately imagine what kind of link that level of physicality could have had on Johnson's premature demise.
Our condolences go out to the Johnson family.