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Visors/Helmet Research: Can Hockey Fans Help?

M.I.T Ph.D. economics student, Pascual Restrepo,  has reached out to us asking for a little help.  He has been testing the effect of different types of facial protection on performance and playing style, having constructed a huge dataset of players’ statistics and visor usage, but he still has a few questions.

The only thing missing [from] my research are important dates when different leagues made visors, helmets or cages mandatory and if there were any grandfather clauses or age requirements (for example, the NHL made helmets mandatory in 1979 with a grandfather clause that allowed veteran players to keep playing without one).

In particular I am trying to find the regulatory history (with respect to visors, mostly, but also cages or helmets) of the following leagues: Swiss, Sweden, German, British, Russian or KHL, Denmark, Finland, Czech or any other European league, LNAH, WCHL, WPHL, USHL, and NAHL, and Canadian or US minor and junior leagues.

Can anyone provide answers to Pascual’s questions, or links to some definitive areas to accurately source this information? 

Your help would be hugely appreciated, and Pascuel pledges to publish his data and preliminary results here on Kukla’s Korner when his research is complete.

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Thanks for the help Alanah,

Here is what I have found until know:

For instance, visors were made mandatory for every player in the AHL in 2006, ECHL in 2003, UHL in 2005 (nowadays IHL), and CHL in 2004.

Visors were made mandatory in the IIHL in 1994, but only for players born after 1974.

I understand that the USHL and NAHL have had some sort of mandatory facial protection since their foundation (full cage for under 18 and visor or cage for older players). Junior and major junior leagues in Canada mandated visors in 1981 and 1976, respectively. Also, the NCAA mandated cages since 1994.

There are other interesting examples from leagues in Europe. Sweden ‘grandfathered’ mandatory visors sometime around 1991-1993 for players born after 1966 (does someone knows the exact date?), and Russia (KHL), Finland and Britain also made similar reforms, but I do not know the exact years and ages for which visors were made mandatory.

If anyone knows more info about this, please let me know!

I will be back with numbers once I collect all the required info!

Posted by Pascual Restrepo on 05/10/11 at 08:27 PM ET

Alanah McGinley's avatar

Good luck, Pascual.  I hope some clever fan can provide more info. smile

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 05/10/11 at 09:32 PM ET

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