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Report: NCAA to recommend move to three-quarter visors

May 4, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

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It may seem counterintuitive at first, but the NCAA is reportedly on the verge of eliminating full face shields in order to make the game safer.

From College Hockey News:

The NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee is planning to formally recommend, at its June meetings in Indianapolis, that college hockey change from full shields to three-quarter visors.

… there is a passionate belief throughout college hockey that full shields impair peripheral and up-and-down vision, and create unsafe conditions in and of themselves.

The college hockey contingent has acknowledged that more facial lacerations and dental injuries could result from the elimination of full shields, but believe the tradeoff is worth it.

Any hockey player that’s been forced to wear a full shield will tell you it cuts down on your vision.

Granted, it’s debatable whether moving to a three-quarter visor will improve peripheral vision. However, one situation where serious head and neck injuries could be reduced is when a player loses the puck in his feet and has to look down to locate it.

In that situation, a full cage can get in the way, and we all know what can happen when a player is skating around with his head down.

  1. odj810 - May 4, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    are they gonna leave it up to the player? A full cage certainly hurts your vision but pucks to the teeth aren’t that friendly either. It should be a personal choice, i’m in favor of giving the college players more choices.

  2. bojangles83 - May 4, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    They want to reduce head injuries at all costs?

    Keep the cage…

    At the very least the Pro’s should be required to wear a visor, I believe it should be grandfathered in, everyone drafted from 2012 on, should be required to wear one.

    • stakex - May 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      First, whats the big deal about keeping the cage? All these players probably used visors when they played in juniors anyway… and if given the choice, I don’t know many college players who would stick with a cage. I sure as hell know it was the most annoying thing about playing in college. Not to mention all the full shield does is cut down on mostly minor injuries, while leaving you more vulnerable to dangerous concussions. Keeping the cage is MORE dangerous to players then removing it would be… and those of us who actually play the game have known that for a long time now.

      Second, the debate about pros being forced to wear a visor is a whole different debate. I think adults making the choice to play a dangerous sport are more then capable of making such choices for themselves. Don’t want to wear a vistor and risk taking a puck to the head? Knock yourself out. Who are you to tell a professional that YOU know whats best for them?

      Of course I sure as hell wouldn’t opt not to wear a visor sicne I actually have taken a shot to the face and know how bad it hurts. However that would be my choice as a player. People who don’t play the game (I would bet big money you don’t) should stay the hell out of these issues. You don’t play the game, so you have no idea what your talking about… and you certainly shouldn’t shouldn’t be saying what a player should be forced to do.

  3. cfab44 - May 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    person above sounds like an expert swimmer whos never beenin the water. give the players a choice , after all its they’re teeth. and playing with a full shield myself , the shield cuts down vision up down left and right. leaving u open for a huge hit u wont see comming. leave it up to them…

  4. dsg1616 - May 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Most of these kids are wearing half shields in Juniors before they come up to DI. Let them make the choice

  5. leafsfan2020 - May 6, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Let’s ask Don Cherry.

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