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Top Canadian Junior Hockey Leagues To Impose Stricter Rules


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James Connelly
September 2, 2023  (1:18 PM)
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A recent decision by a junior league has stirred up some controversy. They are making changes to the equipment players must wear.

Face Shields Required for Junior A Hockey Players in Canada

In Canada's Junior A Hockey leagues, players are now required to wear protective face shields for safety on the ice.
«Player safety is the ultimate goal with this. We have seen it implemented at the Junior B and C levels,» said Hockey Nova Scotia executive director Mike Field. «We have results showing that there are less facial and eye injuries. We are hoping that it does the same in Junior A.»

Players who are already in these leagues will have the option of using a half visor but by 2025, all players will be wearing face shields. The face shields can either come in as a bubble visor or a cage, both of which protect the full face.
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This move will affect 9 leagues across all of Canada including the AJHL which recently produced Cale Makar.

Could the NHL Follow Suit?

People are wondering if the NHL might also adopt this rule in the future. The main goal of this rule change is to keep players safe and reduce fights on the ice.
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While some junior leagues in Canada have already banned fighting, the NHL hasn't made the same decision. Adding face shields could be a way to reduce fights without getting rid of them completely.
As seen on Hockey Patrol - Controversy Emerges as Junior League Makes New Equipment Mandatory
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