Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/31/11 at 05:41 PM ET
from the OHL,
The Ontario Hockey League today announced changes to the date of the annual Priority Selection process along with some new player safety initiatives effective for the 2011-12 season following the annual summer meetings of the OHL Board of Governors earlier in August and the joint meetings of OHL Coaches and General Managers last week in Toronto….
A review of several player safety issues and equipment policies was also on the agenda and led to the decision that all OHL players will wear soft cap shoulder and elbow pads for the 2011-12 season. The decision is made in the interest of player safety and working in partnership with the CHL’s equipment suppliers in an attempt to further reduce the number of head injuries suffered each season. Furthermore in consideration of concussion awareness, the league will continue to reinforce player safety messages through educational videos while member club coaches will be emphasizing proper on-ice awareness. It is also the position of the Board of Governors that the league be more strict in the discipline of players who are repeat offenders for checking to the head.
more changes for this season…
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