Following the Johnson Tragedy, NHL Organization Implements Major Equipment Change

Published October 30, 2023 at 9:45
While the hockey world is still in shock, following the tragedy involving player Adam Johnson, there is a genuine feeling that this horrific event will lead to significant changes in our sport.

Sadly, let us recall that Johnson was struck in the neck by a skate and succumbed to his injuries.

This clearly puts into perspective the importance of a piece of equipment that almost no professional player uses: the neck guard.

There's a wave of change coming.

It started yesterday, notably within the Boston Bruins organization.

In their farm team, the Providence Bruins, several team members, including key prospects like John Farinacci and Fabian Lysell, wore added protection yesterday.

An announcement from the NHL?

We've also seen a significant development in the last few minutes, as reports indicate that the NHL Players' Association is already working on adding mandatory neck protection to the next collective bargaining agreement.

The NHLPA wishes for the league to provide standard neck protection equipment for all players.

This would be a major change.

As mentioned by Scott Wheeler of The Athletic, "it is in the best interest of players and leagues to move toward mandatory use. Nowadays, they are also fairly non-invasive."

The evolution of technology allows for a high-quality piece of equipment without it being cumbersome for the player. That would undoubtedly be the best way forward. (see the photo)

For Adam Johnson's legacy, let's act.

Credit: Daily Hockey Dose
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Following the Johnson Tragedy, NHL Organization Implements Major Equipment Change

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