Two Canadiens players, including Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, are seriously considering modifying their equipment and adopting the use of neck guards

Published October 31, 2023 at 8:54 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
With the tragedy that occurred over the weekend involving Adam Johnson, many things in hockey are poised to change. Whether it's in recreational leagues or the NHL, far too many players (almost all of them) do not wear neck guards, and the most regrettable outcome has finally happened.

This accident made headlines worldwide, and already, we're seeing changes, especially in the American Hockey League. Players are starting to follow suit, adopting this critical piece of equipment that can save lives.

For the Canadiens, two players, in particular, are seriously considering it, Jordan Harris and Rafaël Harvey-Pinard.

"It definitely makes you think about the future. Guys are asking themselves questions. We haven't talked together about the neck guard yet, but we see AHL players starting to wear it. I've seen that. It can help me, for sure, but we don't know if it could have been avoided if we had worn a neck guard."


- Rafaël Harvey-Pinard

As for Harris, the defenseman is looking even further than the neck guard, especially with the increasing number of cuts.

"It's worth seriously considering. I'm not sure where it will lead, though. I think it's more of a personal decision. For example, not everyone wears a mouthguard. Everyone should wear one, but that's not the case. However, these things are available if you want them.

It makes you think, and I'm considering it.

I know they're also testing wrist protectors in the AHL. It's something that could lead to changes in neck protection, but we're seeing more and more players getting cut on the arm and wrist."

- Jordan Harris

The fact that it's being discussed is already a very positive sign in my opinion. Not so long ago, people made fun of Tomas Plekanec's turtleneck. Many internet users even referenced it when he announced his retirement just hours before the tragedy.

Today, we know he was right to wear it proudly throughout his career, and we hope that many more players will follow this example.

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