OHL follows NHL's lead on equipment reform

The OHL has banned all hard capped shoulder and elbow pads. This ensures that the equipment that the junior players wear will be identical to the equipment worn by NHL professionals. Players this year will have to use soft capped pads. In addition to that major change the OHL will also be handing out stiffer penalties for head-shots and starting a program to educate players on head injuries. These are smart moves as the spotlight on concussions has stolen most of the buzz surrounding the sport of hockey. You can read more here.

Check out this article on FanSided’s The Rat Trick blog about concussions and Marc Savard of the Bruins. Truly a sad story and a precautionary example of what concussions can do to your health.

What do you think about the NHL and OHL changing the equipment regulations?

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Tags: 2011-12 NHL Season Concussions Equipment Head-shots Injuries Marc Savard OHL OHL Equipment Changes Safety Sidney Crosby

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