SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2000

Is the Face Mask Good for Ice Hockey?


The ice hockey face protector is an extremely effective sport's protective device. At this time over one million participants wear face protection certified by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC). Ice hockey face protectors prevent over 70,000 eye and face injuries a year with a savings to society of over $10 million each year in the United States. No blinding eye injuries have been reported in any player who was wearing a HECC or CSA approved full-face protector while playing ice hockey. The success of the hockey face mask stems from the studied, deliberate process involved in the evaluation of the mechanisms of hockey injury and their means of prevention.

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Vinger, PF
Tufts University School of Medicine, Concord, MA
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Developed by Committee: F08
Pages: 63–71
DOI: 10.1520/STP15227S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5414-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2488-2