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Controversy Emerges as Junior League Makes New Equipment Mandatory


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Julien Trekker
September 2, 2023  (12:57)
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Another controversy emerged after a recent decision by a junior league.

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Junior Team Makes New Equipment Mandatory

Junior A Hockey players in Canada will need to wear more protection on the ice.
All players will need to wear a face shield.
Per CTV,
"'The new players coming into the league, they have to wear face shields,' said Pictou County Crushers defenceman Cam McKenzie, who plays in the Maritime Junior Hockey League.

For this coming season, the rule applies to rookies who are 16 and 17-years-old.

A grandfather clause allows older players, who were already playing Junior A to have a choice to wear half face visors."

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They will allow players used to the visor until 2025 to adapt to the face shield, and the League hopes that by 2025, all players will wear one.
"Player safety is the ultimate goal with this. We have seen it implemented at the Junior B and C levels,» said Hockey Nova Scotia executive director Mike Field. «We have results showing that there are less facial and eye injuries. We are hoping that it does the same in Junior A."

Change Coming to the NHL Soon?

Could we see this rule in the NHL soon?
The goal here is to protect the players from injuries and, ultimately, reduce fighting.
Even if some junior leagues in Canada have completely banned fighting, the NHL hasn't made the same decision, and adding the face shield would reduce the number of fights without canceling them.
Do you think the NHL should impose the face shield on all players?
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