NHL notes: NCAA set to scrap full shields

Forward Pat Mullane of the Boston College Eagles celebrates a goal against the Minnesota Gophers...

Forward Pat Mullane of the Boston College Eagles celebrates a goal against the Minnesota Gophers during the NCAA Division 1 Men's Hockey Championship Semifinal Game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 5, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (J. Meric/Getty Images/AFP)

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It might seem like a backward move, but the NCAA is poised to scrap full face shields in favour of three-quarter visors.

The NCAA hockey rules committee will recommend the change at a meeting in Indianapolis next month, according to College Hockey News.

The committee admits the move will result in more facial cuts and lost teeth but it thinks the game will be safer in other ways.

There is a belief that full shields impair peripheral and up-and-down vision, creating unsafe conditions, the publication reported. It is not uncommon for a player to lose sight of the puck at his feet and have to look down to locate it, leaving him open to a headshot.

AVALANCHE SLIDING EAST

The Alaska Avalanche of the North American Hockey League is moving to Johnstown, Pa., the league announced Friday.

The Avalanche has been purchased by the Johnstown Sports Partners LLC, led by Esmark, Inc. Chairman and CEO James P. Bouchard.

Terms of the deal and the relocation were not disclosed.

 


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