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Adam Johnson's former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, have made neck protection gear mandatory for its minor-league players in the wake of the center's tragic death in a freak on-ice accident.
Johnson, who spent three seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL, played 13 NHL games for Pittsburgh in two separate stints in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
Pittsburgh's NHL club is also evaluating further safety options.
'We're in the process right now of trying to talk to our players about some protective equipment in those vulnerable areas,' Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters this week, referring to neck and wrist injuries.
Sullivan added that he and club officials will 'strongly encourage' players to wear neck guards, and that the Penguins don't have the authority to issue a mandate at league level.
The Pittsburgh Penguins - Adam Johnson's former team - made neck guards mandatory for its minor league players on Wednesday
Neck guards are in high-demand and selling out fast, according to T.J. Oshie, of the Capitals
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