It’s normal within the NHL to see gamers continuously chew on their mouthguards all through a recreation. Actually, it is well-liked sufficient that created gamers in EA Sports activities’ NHL collection have the choice to gnaw on their mouthpieces. However the OHL has seen sufficient.
The OHL reportedly lately despatched a memo to groups saying officers will crack down on gamers who do not put on their mouthguards appropriately – or in any respect – with 10-minute misconducts. They weren’t kidding. Up to now couple weeks, referees have handed out greater than 25 mouthguard misconducts.
OHL gamers are required to put on a full coloured mouthguard that protects the again molar enamel, as per Rule 9.10 of the OHL rulebook. It is not a brand new rule and mouthguard misconducts have been known as earlier than, but it surely seems there will not be any mercy for guard gnawers transferring ahead.
For extra context on the rule and the way it’s being enforced, Tony Ferrari and Brock Otten mentioned “mouthguard gate” on the Nov. 24 episode of The Hockey Information On The ‘O’ Podcast.