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NCAA No Half Shields For At Least Two More Years

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NCAA no half shields for at least two more years June 13, 2012 12:13 PM

Rule changes are made every two years in NCAA hockey. All proposed rule changes must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which meets next month. The writing is on the wall now that two more years will pass with full face shields in place for NCAA hockey.

College hockey players use the full face shield, but there has been a strong push to go to the three-quarter face shield to give players better vision which could reduce the number of concussions.

There has been only one year of research compiled on the three-quarter face shield — it was used for the first time in the United States Junior Hockey League this past season — and the feeling was that they needed more time to gather data and more evidence that the three-quarter shield would be a positive for college hockey.

The rules committee is said to be in favor of going with the three-quarter shield if the research backs it up over the next two years. It is a collaborative effort between college hockey, the USHL, the NHL and USA Hockey. The other hope is that it would reduce the amount of reckless stickwork.

In a U.S. College Hockey Online story, it said 1,000 college hockey players were surveyed and 83 percent favored the three-quarter face shield to the full facemasks which came into existence in 1978.

Joseph Kolodziej

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