With the new NZ Health & Safety rules coming into affect today its a good time to remind all SNC players about the rule around face protection on helmets.
IIHF - RULE 31 – FACIAL PROTECTION & MOUTH GUARD
1.There are two permissible types of protection which can be attached to the front of a skater’s helmet: cage and visor.
2. A visor is attached to the helmet and must extend down to cover the eyes and the lower edge of the nose in frontal and lateral projections.
3.Member national associations participating in an IIHF championship event must ensure that their players are equipped with a helmet manufactured specifically for ice hockey and that, as applicable, a visor or cage is properly attached to it.
4. Male players born after December 31, 1974, must wear, as a minimum, a visor.
5. All female players must wear a helmet with cage.
6. Skaters are not allowed to wear a coloured or tinted visor.
7. A skater whose visor or cage becomes cracked or broken is allowed to finish his shift, but upon leaving the ice he must repair or replace the damaged facial protection before being allowed back on the ice.