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The OHL Goes To Soft Cap Shoulder & Elbow Pads

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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Hank1974's avatar

Once again the OHL has to show the big-boys how it’s done.

I really hope these ‘soft-caps’ are not like the NHL’s where you put 1” of cotton overtop of an iron cap and say it’s now ‘soft’.

I’m very interested to see what this does for the style of play. I wonder if players will be so willing to launch their shoulder into someone without maximum protection.

I hope this works so the NHL can adopt it soon. But from what I’ve read, the NHLPA is in no hurry to make this change.

Posted by Hank1974 on 08/31/11 at 05:52 PM ET

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Finally some common sense.  Can’t believe the NHLPA opposes this.  Sher Wood makes old style elbow pads.  No plastic.  They shiuldn’t wear shoulder pads at all, or very light ones.  That would stop a lot of the crap.

Posted by 13 user names on 08/31/11 at 10:17 PM ET

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I hope this works so the NHL can adopt it soon. But from what I’ve read, the NHLPA is in no hurry to make this change.

But what’ll happen to Mike Richards’ shoulder next time he runs a guy;s jaw from 100 feet away?
/sarcasm

Posted by steviesteve on 08/31/11 at 10:43 PM ET

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The NHL has held “improvement” camps in the Summer the past few years, and the league has yet to get rid of the balistic plastic pads????

Another shining example of the leadership running the NHL. Take a bow Gary.

Posted by Down River Dan on 08/31/11 at 10:46 PM ET

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Another shining example of the leadership running the NHL. Take a bow Gary.

It’s actually the union that’s fighting this, not the NHL. Junior players have no union, so they have to live with whatever the OHL says or pick a different league.

Posted by steviesteve on 08/31/11 at 11:21 PM ET

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But what’ll happen to Mike Richards’ shoulder next time he runs a guy;s jaw from 100 feet away?

Nuts, I forgot about this.
Okay, soft caps for everyone but Mike Richards. For Richards, he’s allowed to wear these:

Posted by Hank1974 on 08/31/11 at 11:26 PM ET

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