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Saanich Braves player with the current half-protection. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Beginning in the 2018-2019 season, Junior B hockey players in BC will be required to wear a full face protection. Players will be required to wear full plastic or wire cage it was announced on Dec. 5.

“BC Hockey is proud to be recognized as a leader in risk management initiatives, and player safety is at the forefront of our program planning,” commented BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer, Barry Petrachenko.  “Our game is faster than it has ever been, and as a result we face increased challenges and responsibilities relative to safety. We are confident that through this initiative facial and dental injuries will be greatly reduced.”

There are five Junior B teams in Greater Victoria, one, the Peninsula Panthers already instituted the rule at the start of the 2017-2018 season.

The five teams are: Victoria Cougars, Saanich Braves, Westshore Wolves, Peninsula Panthers and Kerry Park Islanders (Mill Bay/Cobble Hill). The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League includes nine teams from the Island.

There are three Junior B leagues in the province.

Currently, junior players in Western Canada — from Junior B and Junior A up to the major-junior Western Hockey League — are mandated to wear half-face visors.

The three Junior B leagues in B.C. will be in Sync with the U.S. collegiate system.

SCHED: Wednesday, Dec 6 the Victoria Cougars visit the Westshore Wolves at The Q Centre. Thursday, the Saanich Braves will visit the Cougars at Archie Browning Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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