NHL committee recommends grandfathering mandatory visors next season

Tuesday June 4th, 2013

Alex Ovechkin and other NHL veterans can opt whether or not to wear visors in 2013-14. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NHL veterans like Alex Ovechkin can decide whether or not to wear visors in 2013-14. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to make visors mandatory -- with a grandfather clause -- beginning next season, according to the league.

The NHL's competition committee voted Tuesday to grandfather in visors for every new player entering the league in 2013-14 and beyond. Players with more than 25 career NHL games will also be allowed to play without a visor.

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The committee also approved :

  • Experimenting with shallower nets -- inviting more area behind the net for playmaking and wraparounds -- and hybrid icing during the preseason

  • Eliminating the attainable pass

  • Making high-sticking double-minor penalties subject to review next season

All of the above must now go to the board of governors and the NHLPA executive board for final approvals.


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