Neck guards are a mandatory piece of hockey equipment.
Neck guards are a mandatory piece of hockey equipment as set by Hockey Canada. All minor hockey players (goalies included) must properly wear a BNQ certified neck guard for ALL games and for ALL practices. This is not an option.
Referees have been instructed to be very diligent in insuring that all players comply at games. The protocol is that there will be one warning - this warning applies to both teams. After that, players will be hit with penalties and not permitted to play until properly wearing a BNQ certified neck guard.
Coaches set the tone for protective equipment. It should be very simple. ALL players should understand that they are not permitted on the ice at a game or practice without a neck guard on. If they step on the ice without one they should be sent off to put one on. If they do not have one, they can stay in the dressing room. We would not permit a player on without a helmet.
Google search neck cuts to Richard Zednik or Clint Malarchuk. This shows what can happen in the blink of an eye to an uprotected neck.
Thank you very much for your attention to this safety concern.