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NHL players will not be mandated to wear full shield (Report)

Photo courtesy @BauerHockey

With the announcement that NHL training camps will begin on July 10, safety heads the list of imperative procedures when camp begins.

The NHL and NHLPA have been having ongoing discussions concerning COVId-19 testing and different ways to keep the players and team staff virus free.

An early suggestion was to have all players wear full face shields to prevent the spread of the virus while players battle one another on the ice.

Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the NHL players will not be expected to wear full-face shields when the playoffs begin in late July or early August. A source with knowledge of the discussions between the NHL and players union stated to Whyno anonymously,

“Equipment changes have not been a focus of return-to-play negotiations between the league and players’ union, according to a person with knowledge of those talks. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no agreement has been reached, said the emphasis has been on testing and other off-ice safety precautions.”

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly has previously stated he didn’t anticipate any mandatory equipment changes to ensure player safety.

Despite this new piece of information, Bauer launched a new line of face-shields and off-ice protection that could be beneficial to the coaches on the bench and off-ice personnel such as clock keepers and NHL penalty-box employees.

Bauer’s Products to battle COVID-19

Bauer has been making face shields for first responders and hospital workers since the global pandemic shut down the NHL in March.

The hockey equipment manufacturer launched three new products available for all hockey players and leagues on Wednesday morning.

  • A face shield that clips on to a baseball cap or can be worn without a hat.
  • A reversible cotton mask.
  • A splash guard that fits their Concept 3 Bauer face shield.

The splash guard and mask should be items the NHL considers to use during the 24 team playoffs. Coaches on the bench yell often to communicate with his players.  The mask would help prevent the spread of the virus and keep the coach’s players sitting right in from of him safer throughout a game.

Between now and training camp, Phase 3, there will certainly be more suggestions and involved planning on how to keep everyone safe with the NHL. concluding the season and awarding the Stanley Cup.

It will take more than just the league and it’s players to get back on the ice. Contributions for outside sources, like Bauer, will need to help make this happen.


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