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USA Hockey Announces New Mandate After Tragic Events

Published January 29, 2024 at 8:49
Per NHL Insider Frank Serevalli, USA Hockey yesterday announced that it has passed a new mandate that will affect anyone who plays the game of hockey under the age of 18. The new rule states a requirement of neck laceration protection for all players and on ice officials under the age of 18. The Rule will take effect August 1st, 2024.

USA Hockey has long recommended the use of neck laceration protection, as well as cut resistant socks. Surely this has come to pass after the tragic incident that cost the life of Adam Johnson. Johnson's neck was cut during a game earlier this year and he very unfortunately passed away from his injury a short time later.

This rule shows how player safety is at the forefront of USA Hockey's mind and it will go to lengths to ensure its players stay safe. How long until we see this mandate passed for the NHL? Many players have already started using neck guards after the tragic accident involving Adam Johnson.

Washington Capitals Forward TJ Oshie has commented on his decision to start wearing neck guards:
"I made my choice for my kids. I want to stick around for 'em," the Capitals winger and Warroad founder said.

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USA Hockey Announces New Mandate After Tragic Events

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