USA Hockey passes requirement mandating neck protection following laceration death

USA Hockey announced a requirement on Sunday mandating neck protection for all youth players following the laceration death of professional hockey player Adam Johnson.

“The USA Hockey Congress today approved legislation requiring the use of neck laceration protection for players in all age classifications, other than adults, in games and practices, as well as for on-ice officials under the age of 18, effective August 1, 2024,” a release from America’s national ice hockey association read.

Protection against neck lacerations has been recommended by USA Hockey for many years, but an effort to mandate its use gained massive momentum when Johnson, 29, was killed after he was struck by an opponent’s skate blade in England’s Elite Ice Hockey League on Oct. 28. 

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