I will add to the answer, as a person who played hockey for 12 years and was a professional hockey player, from an early age all dudes raise their helmet and the "grill" so that it almost opens the half of their face, and when they turn 18 they wear "glass" ", otherwise you're a sucker and ss * clos, etc.
Everything is very simple
Transparent masks that hockey players have right now only up to the nose, because if they are longer (and as we know the hockey player is constantly in motion), then it will simply fog up and that's it. will not see anything
And such masks, as they used to be, are no longer relevant for hockey players
All the same, the 21st century, its own fashion in hockey
It is clear that a coward does not play hockey. But at the same time, a real hockey player must think about safety. Rather, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF - International Ice Hockey Federation) thinks about it for him, and the hockey player is obliged to comply with its instructions. IIHF rules require players under the age of 18 to wear a helmet with a full face shield and throat protection. For players over 18 years of age, throat protection is only recommended. For adult hockey players, the full face shield can optionally be replaced with a visor (mask made of durable transparent plastic), which covers only the nose and eyes, while the lower part of the face is completely open.
In fact, despite the serious risks, in professional hockey, practically no one (except for goalkeepers for whom there are separate rules) does not protect the face with a mask. And that's why. First, face protection impairs vision. For hockey players whose movement speed reaches 48 km / h, good visibility is the most important condition for victory. And secondly, the mask deprives the hockey player of recognition among fans and spectators. And for future or, even more so, for real sports stars, it is important that the fans see them.
The rules of the same hockey federation state that players born after December 31, 1974 must wear at least a visor. Thus, it turns out that after 40 years of age, theoretically, a hockey player can play in general only in a helmet that protects his head, but leaves his entire face completely open. Mark Staal of the New York Rangers plays without a visor, unlike his teammates (very much in vain, judging by the game Philadelphia Flyers vs New-York Rangers on March 5, 2012. There is a video of this unpleasant incident on the Internet. A coward, of course, in hockey does not play, but you should not cross the line of reason:
Many probably think that this is what -that is a tradition or not a written rule of a real hockey player, but this is not so - everything is governed by the rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
P.S. Female players should always wear a helmet with a mesh mask, regardless of age or league.