Mandatory neck protection for every team in the MJHL is now in place.

The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced Friday that all players within the nine CJHL-member league would have to wear neck protection to participate in league games.

“Effective immediately, the use of certified protective neck guards during all on-ice activities, including games and practices, for each of its 122 teams, has become mandatory, based on equipment availability.”

The CJHL is just the latest league to put a neck guard rule in place following the death of Adam Johnson, a former NHL player, who died in the hospital after taking a skate blade to his throat during an Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) game in England last weekend.

The CJHL noted in their release that all nine-member leagues unanimously approved the decision.

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