announced yesterday that all players will wear neck protection in all regular season and playoff games. In response to the neck injury suffered by Richard Zednik of the NHL's Florida Panthers in February, the OHL's competition committee and executive committee made the recommendation to adopt a mandatory neck protection policy to the OHL's Board of Governors.
The governors of the Ontario
adopted the policy to be implemented beginning with games the week of March 10.
The Ontario Hockey League has a responsibility to continually address the best interests of its players, said OHL commissioner David Branch. We are of the opinion that the introduction of the wearing of neck guards will only serve to enhance the health and welfare of all players in our league.
No doubt this move is a step in the right direction for the Ontario Hockey League but one must wonder why moves such as these are always a reaction to a tragedy or near miss. Lets hope that it doesn't always take a near miss to put some positive safety measures in place. Hopefully the NHL will examine it's rule and adopt the same policy as the OHL and