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NCAA Hockey May Go To Three-Quarter Visors

from Adam Wodon of College Hockey News,

There are few issues that you will get every coach in college hockey to agree upon. Eliminating the mandate for full face shields is one of them.

As far back as 30 years ago, when the requirement was implemented, coaches have been against the NCAA-mandated use of full face shields. But now, for the first time, college hockey is close to eliminating the requirement.

The NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee is planning to formally recommend, at its June meetings in Indianapolis, that college hockey change from full shields to three-quarter visors. The recommendation will go to the NCAA’s Committee of Competitive Safeguards, where college hockey will have a chance to further make its case.

Beyond that, it would need approval from a few more levels of the NCAA hierarchy, but the Competitive Safeguards committee is considered the biggest hurdle.


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Primis's avatar

I think taking the cages away is a big, big mistake.

While every once and a while you get a Dallas Drake coming out of college used to leading with his face (and paying the price until he learned not to), by and large I see no benefit whatsoever to removing them.

This stupid idea that eliminating full shields will somehow stop guys from trucking each other into the boards from behind is a special kind of stupid.  The NHL alone proves that players don’t care what you’re wearing, they’ll do it to you anyways.

Quite frankly if pros had any brains whatsoever, the pros would all wear full cages too.  Not only would that just naturally eliminate a lot of fighting, but protect eyes and faces from a lot of these fluke injuries (whether they be high sticks, shots, skates, etc).

Posted by Primis on 05/05/12 at 03:37 PM ET

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