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CAJHL introduces mandatory neck guard protection


Canadian-American Junior Hockey League (CAJHL) Introduces Mandatory Neck Guards to Enhance Player Safety

Vegreville, AB November 02, 2023 – The Canadian-American Junior Hockey League (CAJHL) is proud to announce a significant step forward in player safety by making neck guards mandatory equipment for all players, effective November 16, 2023.  This decision is inanticipation challenges in delivery of protective neck guard equipment from licensed suppliers due to increased demand following the tragic passing of Adam Johnson.

The CAJHL recognizes that hockey is an intense and physical sport, and player safety should always be our top priority. By implementing mandatory neck guards, we aim to reduce the risk of serious injuries and provide a safer playing environment for all our athletes.

The CAJHL will work closely with all teams, players, and equipment manufacturers to ensure a smooth transition to this new policy. We understand that some players may have concerns about comfort and mobility, but we assure them that the neck guards available in the market have been designed with the utmost consideration for both safety and performance.

We encourage all players, coaches, parents, and fans to support this new policy and work together to create a safer playing environment for everyone involved in the CAJHL. We believe that by making neck guards mandatory, we can significantly reduce the risk of serious injuries and promote the long-term health and well-being of our athletes.

The CAJHL remains committed to continuously reviewing and enhancing our safety protocols to align with the latest research and industry best practices. We will continue to explore new ways to improve player safety and ensure that the CAJHL remains a leader in promoting a safe and enjoyable hockey experience.

About the Canadian-American Junior Hockey League (CAJHL):

The Canadian-American Junior Hockey League (CAJHL) is a premier junior hockey league dedicated to providing a competitive and development-focused platform for young athletes in Canada. With a strong emphasis on player safety and skill development, the CAJHL prides itself on promoting a positive and inclusive hockey culture. For more information, please visit

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