After the tragic death of a high school hockey player, Connecticut state representative plans to introduce legislation that would require all hockey players to wear a neck guard, or something similar, during practice or games.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference requires neck guards for competition but does not govern private schools. St. Luke’s is a part of the New England Preparatory School Council, which recommends but does not require neck guards.
State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria plans to introduce legislation during the upcoming session to require all hockey players to wear a neck guard or similar protective device during practice or games.
“It’s incredibly heartbreaking what happened last week and sadly this tragic accident may have been preventable had the teams been required to wear neck guards,” Klarides-Ditria said in a statement. “Fast-paced and physical sports like hockey can sometimes be dangerous which is why players wear shin pads, gloves and other protective equipment, a neck guard is one more small piece to keep players safe.”