Hockey — There is really no other sport like it. It is one of the only sports where there are three major temperature differences in the same indoor space; the rink, the temperature within the rink, and the temperature beyond the rink. These temperature differences play a major role in the game, and the safety of the players.
While the temperature of the ice can result in chipping or sloshing, which in itself is a major concern, the real issue comes with visibility and required eye protection. In 2013, the NHL mandated visors, with an exception for pro-players having 25 games experience. The AHL, which is the top minor league in North America started requiring all players to wear shields starting in the 2006-2007 season. For the younger players, eyewear safety in the form of half an full shields is an ever evolving situation. Overtime, it is the goal of the NHL to promote eyewear safety by having all players wearing half or full face shields.
So, while the sport itself is promoting more head, face and eye safety, there is now a new issue to tend with…Fogging.
Think about it…it’s the perfect temperature “storm”. The ice itself is 19 degrees Fahrenheit, the ambient air is 50 degrees F, give or take a degree, and the relative humidity is 35-40% depending on the season, and let’s not forget the size of the rink; the smaller the rink, like community rinks, the bigger the issue.
Eye safety is extremely important and we are glad to see more and more players of all ages wearing full and half shields. Sven Can See works to combat and prevent these fogging issues. A single application before the game will keep the half and full shield from fogging up. Hockey shops across the US are showcasing Sven Can See to their players, coaches, and spectators.