Requiring Half Visors In The Eastern Hockey LeagueBy: Jamie crane
The Eastern Hockey League is a well respected tier III junior "A" hockey league on the east coast, highly scouted by many division I and division III NCAA, as well as division I ACHA college teams.
As of currently, players in the Eastern Hockey League have the option to wear either a have visor or a full shield/cage.
When players wear full face protection, they tend to play more careless and unaware. Being unaware causes them to make high hits, high sticks, and high elbows to the head.
U.S. Air Force Academy sophomore defenseman Brandon Johnson jostles for the puck with Mercyhurst left wing Nick Vandenbeld Nov. 2 at the Cadet Ice Arena in Colorado. The Lakers took the opener of the two-game weekend series, 5-3, but the Falcons grabbed the second, 6-2. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Armer)
High hits, high sticks, and high elbows to the head can very dangerous for the players and the well being of the game. Raising the awareness of the players would likely limit the number of dangerous plays that may occur in a single game.
There is usually a higher awareness with players that wear visors. They tend to be more focused on making a clean and skillful play on the puck.
The more skill that is incorporated in the game, the more the Eastern Hockey League will improve and evolve.
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