Another NHL Superstar Player Is Set To Join The Neck Guard Movement

Published November 4, 2023 at 7:12 PM

The hockey world was deeply saddened to learn about the death of former Penguin Adam Johnson last weekend after he took a skate to the neck. Now change seems to be coming across hockey leagues, including the NHL.

Neck Guards Never More Popular In NHL

Several NHL players have been seen wearing neck protection since last week's tragedy changed how players view the game and their own safety. Among those who have already made the adjustment is Neal Pionk, one of Johnson's closest friends.

Other big name NHLers have been seen sporting new neckwear in recent days as well.

Claude Giroux Joins Movement

Now, Senators star forward Claude Giroux has seemingly joined the movement to protect himself as he chose to wear a neck guard during his game tonight. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun was first to report the news.

Claude Giroux said he will use the neck guard this evening. Wants to try it out. #Sens

Here, Giroux can been seen wearing a neck guard during warmups.

At this point, it seems like only a matter of time before all NHLers are wearing neck protection in games. Perhaps the NHL will institute a rules change similar to way they've handled helmet rules in the past. Twice the league has created a new rule but put in a grandfather clause for players who joined the league prior to the rule change. This was done when the league first mandated helmets and again when the league mandated visors on helmets. There are still a few players in the league who are old enough to not wear a visor. Perhaps the next version of that would be players old enough to not wear a neck guard.

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Another NHL Superstar Player Is Set To Join The Neck Guard Movement

How many players will be wearing neck guards by the end of the season?

A few on each team5831.4 %
About 1/4 of the league3619.5 %
About half the league5630.3 %
Almost everyone3518.9 %
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