Neck Guards

MANY HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS, tournament directors—and common sense—dictate that players should wear neck guards (although USA Hockey does not currently require them). Scrambling on the ice among sticks and sharp blades with the neck (and its vulnerable arteries, veins, and nerves) exposed is never a good idea.

Players may resist wearing a neck guard at first, but if they start wearing one early, they’ll get used to it and it will feel as natural as the rest of the pads.