By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar
QUESTION: Can you please confirm if mouth guards are mandatory to be worn, and if so, at what age group does it start?
ANSWER: Under strict USA Hockey Playing Rules, mouthpieces are required for all players at the 12 & Under Level and higher. They are only recommended at 10 & Under Level and below. That being said, tournaments, leagues and associations may make stronger rules with equipment, so we encourage you to check with them.