NewsRegional News Mandatory full face protection in Junior B hockey to begin next season SHARE ON: Wylie Henderson, staff Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 2017 Hockey helmet with shield. (Wylie Henderson, MyKootenayNow.com staff) Junior B hockey in BC will have a new look next year. BC Hockey has ruled full face protection will be mandatory for players in all three of the province’s Junior B hockey leagues. That includes the KIJHL. BC Hockey CEO Barry Petrachenko says the decision was made to help ensure better safety for players. //www.mykootenaynow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/HOCKEY-FACE-1-SAFETY.wav He says they decided to move ahead with the change for Junior B because the idea had support from all three of the province’s leagues. //www.mykootenaynow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/HOCKEY-FACE-2-JR-B-SUPPORT.wav This follows a recent decision from the Ontario Hockey Association which made full face protection mandatory for Junior A and B hockey players. Full face protection is mandatory across Canada at the minor and NCAA levels.