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Mandatory Protective Equipment Upgrades: NHL’s Latest Move to Ensure Player Safety

So far in the 2022-23 NHL season, we’ve seen several gruesome skate lacerations of varying severity.
Evander Kane of the Edmonton Oilers has been out for more than three months due to a wrist laceration.
Ryan Johansen of the Nashville Predators is done for the season. Tyler Seguin of the Stars has yet to return from a laceration suffered last week.

This has become a major issue for the NHL. At the risk of repeating myself, skates have always been sharp, so this isn’t a new concern. However, with the frequency of these incidents increasing, the NHL must take action.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly recently stated that the league would like to require cut-resistant equipment for all new players. The concept of mandatory cut-resistant clothing, similar to the league’s approach to visors, would most likely be grandfathered in; mandatory for incoming players but optional for tenured players.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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