Four Players From Western Canadian Team Make Equipment Change

Published November 1, 2023 at 6:09 PM

The hockey world is still reeling from the tragic passing of Adam Johnson, and now, it's clear that players are wanting to take another step in order to protect them on the ice.

Jets taking a big step


We've already seen Pittsburgh, Washington and Carolina mandate protective neck equipment for their ECHL and AHL teams, but now, it appears change is coming to the NHL level.

On Wednesday, the Winnipeg Jets showed up for practice, with four players (Vlad Nametsnikov, Rasmus Kupari, Cole Perfetti and Nik Ehlers) all wearing protective neck equipment, showing that they're serious about player safety going forward.

No official mandate yet

While the NHL can't make this mandatory until the NHLPA agrees to the terms, they have been encouraging players to look into more protective gear, and it looks like the message is getting through loud and clear.

Ultimately, no one quite knows if it will become mandatory, but given the danger associated with playing hockey, it makes sense for players to be as safe as possible, and if players follow in these Jets steps, it's a great sign going forward.

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Four Players From Western Canadian Team Make Equipment Change

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