The International Ice Hockey Federation finally ruled on a growing inssue in hockey: player safety. Following the tragic passing of Adam Johnson, many expected hockey leagues all around the world to implement neck guards to protect players.
The IIHF just announced their decision on this matter.
IIHF Decides on Mandatory Neck Guards for Junior Players
Insider Darren Dreger reported earlier today that the IIHF has enforced the use of neck guards in the World Junior Championships and U18 tournaments .
The @IIHFHockey has agreed to make neck protection mandatory for the World Junior Hockey championship and the Men's U18 championship. A final decision still has to be made on the Men's and Women's World Hockey Championships.
This regulation mandates that all players in U20 international competitions must wear neck guards, a safety measure previously required for younger players.
The next step is to see if neck guards become obligatory in higher-level competitions, such as the World Championship.
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