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Simon Berger from HC Pustertal runs on the ICE with a neck protector. © HC Pustertal

Neck protection becomes mandatory: something is changing in ice hockey

After the accidental death of professional Adam Johnson, the world ice hockey association IIHF is introducing mandatory neck protection for all of its competitions such as world championships or Olympic tournaments.

The IIHF announced this on Monday. It is not yet known when the regulation will come into force and depends on the availability of additional equipment. Professional Johnson was killed by a cut on his neck from an ice skate blade during a game for his Nottingham Panthers at the Sheffield Steelers at the end of October.

This regulation is not binding for the North American professional league NHL. There would have to be an agreement between the league and the players' union. “I would say I believe that at a certain age everyone is old enough to make their own decisions. I also tried putting it on. “It was rather difficult for me to move the safety during training or before training,” said German NHL professional Tim Stützle from the Ottawa Senators. But of course you also try to be “a role model for the younger kids”.

In the ICE Hockey League, the clubs agreed on mandatory wearing of neck protection. In the German DEL, neck protection will also be mandatory from January 1, 2024.

Schlagwörter: Hockey IIHF ICE Hockey League

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