Hours after ACHA Insider reported that the NCAA would announce a transition from full cages to half-shields, NCAA hockey denied that rumor via its official Twitter page. The NCAA simply responded “Sorry, but this is not true. More info to come Friday.”
Naturally, we’ll know more about what exactly the NCAA has planned tomorrow. In the mean time, it seems reasonable to discuss the merits of making such a change.
The minus is that a half-shield would present less facial protection than a full cage (which is on display in this post’s main image). On the other hand, one could argue that it would be that much easier to transition from the NCAA to pro hockey by playing with similar gear.
Which direction would you go in, then?