Chicago Blackhawks Make Significant Equipment Change Following The Death of Adam Johnson
BY SKY NOVEMBER 4, 2023 (3:36 PM)
Neck Guards Gain Importance in Memory of Adam Johnson
The tragic loss of former NHL player Adam Johnson has prompted a significant change in safety measures across the hockey world. Johnson's life was cut short when he suffered a fatal injury from a skate blade. In response to this heartbreaking incident, many professional sports leagues, including the NHL, have begun to implement rules mandating neck guards for players.
While the NHL itself has yet to make neck guards mandatory, individual teams are taking proactive steps to enhance player safety. One such team is the Chicago Blackhawks, and their defenseman Wyatt Kaiser has revealed that he will be wearing a neck guard from now on.
Kaiser's decision to wear a neck guard is not only a personal choice but also a tribute to his late teammate, Adam Johnson, who tragically lost his life due to a similar incident. Johnson, a former University of Minnesota Duluth player, had skated with Kaiser during the summer, making the connection even more profound.
óWyatt Kaiser on wearing a neck guard after Johnson's death from a skate cut
Kaiser's message to fellow NHL players is clear: the protection offered by neck guards is invaluable, and they should become a standard part of the gear. He emphasizes that wearing a neck guard doesn't hinder his performance on the ice and that it's a "no-brainer" decision to prioritize safety above all else.
The tragic loss of Adam Johnson has undoubtedly left a lasting impact on the hockey community, leading to essential safety changes that will help protect players from such devastating accidents in the future.
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