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Update: NCAA denies rumors of change from cages to visors

Jun 7, 2012, 10:14 PM EDT

2012 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championship Getty Images

Hours after ACHA Insider reported that the NCAA would announce a transition from full cages to half-shields, NCAA hockey denied that rumor via its official Twitter page. The NCAA simply responded “Sorry, but this is not true. More info to come Friday.”

Naturally, we’ll know more about what exactly the NCAA has planned tomorrow. In the mean time, it seems reasonable to discuss the merits of making such a change.

The minus is that a half-shield would present less facial protection than a full cage (which is on display in this post’s main image). On the other hand, one could argue that it would be that much easier to transition from the NCAA to pro hockey by playing with similar gear.

Which direction would you go in, then?

  1. derekczajkowski - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    i wear a visor and love it i could never wear a cage again

  2. dpeter11 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Safety first! Most of those guys don’t play in the pros anyways so who cares about the transition?

  3. pone27 - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    The majority of the talent level in the NCAA D1 is fairly high, meaning their (the players’) abilities to control their sticks and what not are way more responsible.

    This isn’t some washed up 30+ mens beer league here.

    I say, just give the kids the option.

  4. acieu - Jun 8, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Goes against the grain re player safety

  5. hockeyflow33 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    This has been in the pipeline for years. I believe the logic is that they’re losing top talent to Junior A in Canada because it helps ease the transition into pro hockey. I remember hearing that it was only going to be put in place for D1 and not D3.

    Everyone takes the cage off once they graduate and goes no facemask/visor so it really isn’t too big of a deal.

  6. tobie1003 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Personally, my son plays college hockey, and I’d like to see him keep all his teeth until he gets out of college. Even if most kids control their sticks, it still only takes one mistake to really mess up a kids face. Let them have the option, but i will tell my son he’s wearing the cage

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Maybe don’t helicopter and let the college kid make his own decision?

  7. bonesnats21 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    I don’t know why they wear them in the first place up here we only require minor hockey kids to wear them until there 18 and done midget hockey. as for the upper level talent kids they ditch the visors ay 16 when the join the CHL. playing hockey myself I personally hate the cages. even our college level guys wears visors

  8. hockinj25 - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I think they should give the players the choice. I’m sure some kids won’t feel comfortable wearing the half shield but some will like the better vision.

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