Neck Laceration Protectors

To: Members of Missouri Hockey, Inc.

The tragic passing of Adam Johnson last Saturday while playing for the Nottingham Panthers has heightened conversations around neck laceration protectors. USA Hockey and Missouri Hockey along with all of our constituent leagues, continue to recommend a neck laceration protector for all players that covers as much of the neck as possible. We also continue to recommend the use of cut-resistant socks, sleeves and/or undergarments.

The safety of all players is of the utmost importance to all those involved with Missouri Hockey. Missouri Hockey, along with its partners and constituent leagues and divisions, will continue to review all aspects of the game as we strive to improve player safety. At this time, Missouri Hockey will continue to follow the recommendations of USA Hockey with respect to neck laceration protectors. Studies performed by USA Hockey in conjunction with its advisors in the medical field have concluded to recommend but not mandate the use of neck laceration equipment. We encourage parents and players to determine for themselves what is best for the player in this regard. Should more studies make it apparent to mandate this equipment, Missouri Hockey will take appropriate action.

Chris Durso


Missouri Hockey, Inc.

USAH Zero Tolerance Policy

Additions to the USAH Zero Tolerance Policy Rule Re: Officials Rooms and right of ways Purpose: To increase safety of officials from both physical and verbal confrontation.

This policy is adopted by Missouri Hockey, Inc. for all USA Hockey sanctioned games played within the Affiliate and is in addition to the current USA Hockey Zero Tolerance Policy.

Coaches/players/team managers/spectators may not enter the Referee's dressing room before or after a game and shall not approach officials in any manner without consent from the official from the time an official enters into the rink facility to their exiting the rink including any areas off the ice, the officials’ dressing room, rink lobbies and outdoor areas, including the parking lot. In addition to any supplemental discipline provided by a committee pursuant to USA Hockey By-Law 10, violations of this rule will have the following consequences:

For a coach, player, or other rostered team member who engages in said conduct during or immediately after a game - a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed by the on-ice officials and a report of the incident shall be filed using the Game Reporting System. The report will be submitted to the proper league disciplinary committee for possible further disciplinary action or suspension.

For a team manager or spectator (fan) – the on-ice officials shall report the incident on an Incident Report. The report will be submitted to the proper league Disciplinary Committee, who will notify the accused. A mandatory hearing will be held with the team coach and a representative of their association's governing board to discuss possible disciplinary action. Coaches and team managers will be required to submit the names of said parent, spectator, or fan if there is a question as to the identity of said party. The failure of a coach or team manager to submit the names of said parent, spectator or fan shall subject the coach or team manager to disciplinary proceedings.

Progressive penalization process: A first offense will always carry a minimum of 6 months of probation and possible suspension following a hearing with the appropriate disciplinary body.

The second infraction will trigger a hearing with the Missouri Hockey, Inc. Affiliate Rules & Disciplinary Committee. This could result in more severe suspensions, probations, and possible scenarios for professional treatment (Anger Management).

The third infraction will trigger a hearing with the Missouri Hockey, Inc. Affiliate Board and may result in additional disciplinary consequences up to and including permanent suspension from all USA Hockey activities.

The purpose and intent of this policy is to increase protection of officials from abuse and the intent of any disciplinary actions is to modify behavior.

Passed by the Missouri Hockey, Inc. Board of Directors on April 26, 2023


8:00 PM | Creve Coeur
Kirkwood 12U - B3
Rockets 12U - B3
8:10 PM | Wentzville Ice Blue
Chesterfield 16U - A1
St. Peters 16U - A1
8:40 PM | MUHC Hartwig-Kaiman Rink
Affton 14U - B1-Duello
Chesterfield 14U - B1
9:00 PM | Webster Groves
Chesterfield 18U - AA
Rockets 18U - AA #1 Limpert
9:00 PM | FSI Shark Tank
Affton 16U - A1
Meramec 16U - A1
3 Mar


We hope the everyone had a great experience at Centene over the weekend. The crowds, atmosphere, celebrations, and passion on the ice made for some very exciting games!

The online Blue Note Cup is open, so you can still get a great souvenir, just click the link on the BNC Event page to shop.

The Blues are putting together a highlight video for the weekend. If you have a good video clip of your team at the BNC tournament or celebrating with the Cup afterwards, please send them ASAP to

We want to thank the Blues, Blues for Kids and First Community. Without their support the weekend and tournament would not have been the great event that it was. Please remember to support the Blues for Kids 50/50s when you go to a Blues game.

For more information visit the BNC page under EVENTS.

CLICK HERE to view the Digital BNC Championship Program

5 Mar


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24 Aug

2021-25 Playing Rules

The 2021-25 USA Hockey Playing Rule change process was concluded on June 12, 2021 during the Board of Directors Meeting at Annual Congress. You will find a summary of all accepted rule changes on the USA Hockey Website, in addition to updates to the USA Hockey Points of Emphasis and Standard of Play, and an explanation of the new Standardization of Discipline regarding Match Penalties.

The 2021-25 USA Hockey Playing Rules will take effect starting September 1, 2021.  CLICK HERE to download the RULE BOOK.

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