RE: Intra-Oral Mouth Guards – IMPORTANT
We wish inform, and remind all Minor Hockey Associations that during the 2018 Annual General
Meeting, Hockey NL amended the wearing of an intra-oral mouth guard in minor hockey to a
recommendation rather than a mandatory requirement effective for the 2018-2019 season.
The decision to remove the mandatory requirement of a mouth guard for minor hockey as rendered
by the Executive Committee of Hockey NL, was made after carefully examining all of the information
that was presented to them.
We persist to ensure safety is paramount in our game and expect that many of our members will
continue wearing this piece of equipment as they have been accustom to this.
This change in policy will remain consistent with the majority of the branches that govern hockey in
Canada, and will alleviate the policing difficulties experienced by coaches and game officials. There
will be no longer any infractions issued by game officials.
Please ensure your members are aware of this change prior to the start of the season.
Executive Director, Hockey NL