The USA Hockey Congress has passed a significant legislation mandating the use of neck laceration protection for players across all age groups except adults, both in games and practices, along with on-ice officials under 18, starting from August 1, 2024. This requirement encompasses youth, girls, and junior age categories.

USAH has advocated for neck laceration protection for some time, alongside other protective gear like cut-resistant socks and undergarments. The decision follows a directive from the USAH Board of Directors to explore potential rule changes concerning neck protection. Mike Trimboli, president of USAH, emphasized the organization’s commitment to safety, acknowledging the work of the Safety and Protective Equipment Committee led by Dr. Mike Stuart. Pat Kelleher, executive director, echoed the sentiment, stating that the move aligns with the prevailing opinion within the organization and underscores the commitment of the hockey industry to enhancing player safety.

Additionally, while not mandatory, the legislation strongly recommends adult players to also use neck laceration protection.

Please see further information on the USAH website.

USAH Approves Neck Laceration – August 1, 2024

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